Is Sleep Deprivation Killing your Athleticism?

It's been a busy couple of weeks here at Core Advantage.

Keeping up with the vlog, delivering the internship, coaching, programming, meetings, bouldering, training... It's a lot to fit into a week.

I wouldn't say I'm sleep-deprived, I feel great. But in the last four nights, I've gone from my normal eight plus hours of sleep down to the seven to eight mark. Which is still plenty, I know, and I know a lot of athletes function on less than that every single night.

I'm just trying to comprehend how the hell they do it.

The research on sleep deprivation and its effect on performance is overwhelming. In one study, sleep deprivation of 17 to 19 hours reduced reaction time more than having a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.5.

Being sleep-deprived is like being drunk.

My favourite study on sleep, though, comes out of Stanford in the States where they used 11 college-level basketballers and showed that sleep enhancement up to 10 hours improve free-throw shooting by 9% and three-point shooting by 9.2%. That same study showed that sleep enhancement improves speed, reaction time, and power.

Plus, that study also showed that athletes felt fresher and generally more awesome.

Another study out of California showed that athletes who slept less than eight hours were 170% more likely to get injured than those who slept more than eight hours.

Another study found that sleep deprivation inhibited the muscle's ability to store glycogen. This meant they're fatigued faster when it came to repeat sprints, and it hurt more.

Sleep deprivation even increases your chances of gaining weight. Sleep deprivation increases your production of a hormone called ghrelin which makes you crave energy-dense foods like carbs and fats. Combine that with low energy levels and a low willpower, it makes it a recipe for disaster.

"If you told an athlete you had a treatment that would reduce the chemicals associated with stress, that would naturally increase human growth hormone, that enhances recovery rate, that improves performance, they would all do it.

Sleep does all those things.

- Casey Smith, Head Athletic Trainer, Dallas Mavericks

Get our Free Jumpers Field Guide

Gain immediate access to some of the most important jump training secrets from the company that has been building elite jumpers since 1999.

The jumping guidebook is a free email series, delivered straight to your inbox over the coming weeks to give you the key tools and tricks to help add inches to your vert immediately.

Athletes typically see a 4-6cm (2-3 inch) boost on your jump over these 2-3 weeks - all without adding a single plyometric.

Sign up below to start unlocking your vertical leap now:

Thanks!
We've just sent you the first jumping hack, it should be in your inbox any second
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form, maybe your email has been entered incorrectly?

Learn more about Velocity Based Training with VBTCoach.com

Velocity Based Training, or commonly known as VBT is a fantastic way to inform us about the quality of our training, adding an objective velocity value on the quality of every rep. At VBTCoach.com, Jacob delves into how you can improve performance, build power, strength and muscle, and allow for auto-regulating training in real time. ⁠

More posts

Compensatory Patterns
April 25, 2017

Compensatory Patterns

The Invention of Jogging
April 25, 2017

The Invention of Jogging

How Not to Interview: A Lesson for Fitness Professionals
November 10, 2016

How Not to Interview: A Lesson for Fitness Professionals