Do you train regularly? How much sleep do you need for proper recovery and how much does the length and quality of your sleep affect the possibility of injury in training?

Of course, we all know that we need 8 hours of sleep, but also that despite all the obligations, it is difficult to achieve. A study published in the Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics just examined the relationship between the number of hours of sleep and the frequency of injuries in 112 young athletes, of 54 boys and 58 girls with an average age of 15 years.

The results showed how essential sleep is. Athletes who slept less than 8 hours were as much as 1.7 times more likely to be injured than athletes who slept 8 or more hours.

The results shown in the chart below also showed that you will have the same probability of injury if you sleep 5 or 7 hours, and much higher if you sleep 6 hours or less than 5 hours. The likelihood of injury is dramatically reduced if you sleep for 8 or better yet 9 hours.

So, if you can’t afford 8 or more hours of sleep, try sleeping at least 7 hours a day. If you can’t do that either, then 5 hours of sleep will be enough, as for most of us.

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