Boxing And The Importance Of Sleep

Pulling an all-nighter here and there when you’re an athlete might not sound like such a big deal, but it is. In fact, studies show that not getting enough sleep as an athlete can profoundly affect your performance. So, whether you’re a pro boxer or just getting started, going to bed early and getting enough sleep can prove to be vital when it comes to winning that match.

The effects of not enough sleep

Not getting a proper amount of sleep can affect your body in a number of ways. You may find it harder to focus and pay attention, and you might find even yourself wishing for a nap throughout the course of the day. With repeated poor sleep, you can even become more susceptible to illnesses – and in more severe cases, you can develop serious health conditions, such as heart problems, high blood pressure, and diabetes. As a boxer, it’s important to know that getting enough sleep can often be the difference between winning or losing a match.

Not getting enough sleep as a boxer can affect your reaction times – not to mention your accuracy and speed. Getting enough sleep is also very important when it comes to building strength, and can even help when it comes to repairing your muscles. This is because when we sleep, our bodies are able to perform restorative functions such as tissue repairs – not to mention that your body produces human growth hormones while you sleep, which are necessary in order to build strong muscles. That being said, regulating your sleeping habits can not only prevent the side effects of not getting enough sleep, but can also make you stronger, and allow you to recover from strenuous activities such as boxing.

Your sleeping habits

As a boxer, being physically active can be exhausting at times, especially after a good match or practice. While most of the time you may not have any problems falling asleep after physical activity, there sometimes may be a number of things that can prevent you from getting a good night’s rest. While there are many thoughts on how much sleep you should get, there are a number of factors that can prevent you from falling asleep in the first place. One problem many people may face when it comes to restless nights is an inadequate mattress, which can make sleep uncomfortable. If you find yourself in the market for a new mattress, BedTester.com recommends making an informed decision based on professional research.

Getting into a routine

Getting into a nightly routine can be one of the best ways to ensure that you’re getting a good night’s rest, and incorporating simple techniques – such as putting away the electronics early in the evening – can help. In fact, taking an hour to wind down screen-free before sleep can allow you to fall asleep faster, as the blue light emitted by electronics can actually make it difficult to fall and stay asleep. Other changes can do wonders when it comes to helping you sleep better as well, such as reducing your caffeine intake in the afternoon. However, if you find yourself with chronic insomnia, a trip to the doctor may be a good idea.

Sleep for success

We all know just how important it is to stay healthy – especially when you’re physically active. However, what most athletes don’t realise is just how big of a role their sleep schedule can play into their performance. Getting enough sleep can ensure that you perform your best in the ring, and can bring you one step closer to achieving your boxing goals.

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Jonny Stapleton

Irish-boxing.com contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sport for a living for 19 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: editoririshboxing@gmail.com