It can be tough to balance your time between hangin’ with friends, homework, sports practice, gaming time and finding time to sleep. Sometimes one of these things has to suffer, right? Most likely that is your sleep patterns. You may be thinking, “what’s the big deal.” The truth is it makes all the difference; your health, mind and body will be stronger for it.

So, what happens when you don’t get enough sleep:

    1. Performance Suffers – When you don’t get enough sleep, you will experience decreased reaction time, reflexes and lack of focus. It also affects you if you need your eye-hand coordination for a baseball game or speed for soccer.
    2. Increased Anxiety – Don’t know where to start with balancing your life, school and work? Do you experience stress and feel anxiety when faced with hard challenges?
    3. Poor Communication – you can miss what is being communicated to you! Maybe coach asks you to change a certain play or your teacher is following up on an assignment you forgot to do.
    4. Increased Injury – did you know when you are tired, you are prone to get injured faster? Without adequate sleep, muscle mass can decrease. And muscle mass helps with endurance, speed and accuracy. This can cause you to not perform as well and get injured.

If you find any of these things happening to you, here’s what to consider changing:

      1. Make it a Goal to Sleep 8 – 10 hours a Night. The more sleep you get, the better your performance will be.
      2. Find Someone to Talk to and Work Out Any Issues that are Distracting You. This includes struggling in school, issues at home or simply overwhelmed with your daily activities including work.
      3. Learn to Balance your Schedule between school and other activities.
      4. Set goals for yourself and make a list of priorities – focus on what is the most important first in the day. Then, finish whatever you can as you have time. Whatever isn’t completed today can wait until tomorrow.
      5. Turn off your phone at bedtime. Your phone can be a distraction because of the blue light that it gives off in the background and sounds from messages can keep you awake at night.

You won’t be disappointed with your increased energy and enhanced focus – all to put into what you are most passionate about, keep those grades up and pave a path towards the glorious future you see yourself having!

If you don’t know where to begin, think about referencing our blog on sleep for more information; and, consider talking with our sleep specialists to determine what is best for YOU, based on your DNA.

Athletic Genetix was created to empower and educate athletes, using their DNA to derive game-changing plans to fuel their future.

Email the AG team today to schedule your sports consultation! – team@athleticgenetix.com

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