Consistent, quality sleep is an essential component of general health and wellbeing. In athletes in particular, sleep can also have a massive impact on their physical and mental sporting performance.
These recommendations of the NCAA task force for sleep and wellness are based on the highest quality evidence and research available, and despite being tailored to athletes, also has some important messages and guidelines for the everyday individual.
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Wake up call for collegiate athlete sleep: narrative review and consensus recommendations from the NCAA Interassociation Task Force on Sleep and Wellness
Sleep is an important determinant of collegiate athlete health, well-being and performance. However, collegiate athlete social and physical environments are often not conducive to obtaining restorative sleep. Traditionally, sleep has not been a primary focus of collegiate athletic training and is neglected due to competing academic, athletic and social demands. Collegiate athletics departments are well positioned to facilitate better sleep culture for their athletes. Recognising the lack of evidence-based or consensus-based guidelines for sleep management and restorative sleep for collegiate athletes, the National Collegiate Athletic Association hosted a sleep summit in 2017.
Article source: https://bjsm.bmj.com/content/53/12/731