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Sleep, Athletic Performance, and Recovery

Many of the world's greatest athletes eat, sleep, breathe, and live for their sport. But did you know that in addition to physical conditioning and conscious eating, sleep plays a major role in athletic performance and competitive results?

Sleep Disorders and Weight Gain

There may be a link between sleep disorders and weight gain. Learn more about this link.

Sleep Linked to Gains in Abdominal Fat

A recent study published in the journal SLEEP found that extremes of sleep duration are related to increases in abdominal fat in persons younger than 40 years old. Researchers found that persons sleeping less than five hours at night gained more abdominal fat over a five year period, versus those who averaged over six hours per night.

Weight Loss Can Improve Sleep Apnea

Obese patients with type 2 diabetes who experience obstructive sleep apnea saw an improvement in their condition after losing weight, according to a study in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

Extra Sleep Could Improve Athletic Performance

Athletes who extended their sleep to 10 hours each night experienced improved performance and mood, according to a study presented at SLEEP 2009, the 23rd annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies. Researchers at Stanford University asked five healthy students on the Stanford women’s tennis team to maintain their normal sleep/wake cycle for two to three weeks, then extend their sleep for five to six weeks.

Caffeine Refuels Muscles After Exhausting Workout

Instead of drinking coffee after you wake up, try drinking it after your workout! Learn more about the benefits of caffeine after a workout.

Food That Could Help You Sleep

Certain foods can actually help your sleep! Learn which ones are perfect for a bedtime snack.

Food That Could Keep You Awake

There are plenty of foods and beverages that can keep you up at night whether or not you realize it.

Sleep Apnea Prevalent Among Retired NFL Players

Cases of sleep apnea are highly prevalent among National Football League retirees, in particular linemen, according to data presented at the American College of Cardiology's Annual Scientific Session.

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