Thursday, July 18, 2013
How Important Is Sleeping the Night Before a Race? I have often wondered about this. I do not race, but often the night before an event, such as an organized century ride, I may not be able to sleep that well. This may be the result of nervous anticipation, or a poorly ventilated motel room, or whatever. I guess I needn't worry. According to this article on Outsideonline.com:
"THE BOTTOM LINE: As long as you’re not chronically sleep deprived, getting less sleep than usual the night before a race doesn’t seem to have any significant consequences on performance. Not sleeping at all, however, may impair your body’s ability to optimally fuel your muscles on race day. The two-nights rule stands, as long as two nights before your event is one of many nights during which you got enough sleep."