Why should you go back to bed? Well, if you are into athletics, your body needs time to recover. Your body does not actually adapt and grow when you are training. That mainly happens when you are resting your body. Your nervous system also needs sleep so it can repair itself. And if you are an athlete and you are young, your body will need even more time to repair itself, not less time.
However, you probably do not know that this is true and the coaches probably do not know it either. As a result, you are not getting enough rest.
If this is happening to you, you are not alone. Many young people in America are simply not getting the sleep they need. In fact, almost everyone is not getting the sleep they need, period.
The president of Alertness Solutions, Mark Rosekind who also was once a NASA scientist, notes that lab studies are showing that if you need eight hours of sleep and you only get six, this two-hour sleep deficit can seriously impact your daily performance. It is just about as bad as if your blood alcohol level were 0.05.
So the whole problem of sleep deprivation is very serious.
How Bad Is The Problem?
The Center for Disease Control stated in a document called “Insufficient Sleep Is A Public Health Epidemic,” that most Americans are extremely sleep deprived. This is not just a nighttime tea company or a blogger trying to sell a course about relaxation it is the CDC that made this statement.
Just how sleep deprived does America have to be before the CDC declares that it is an epidemic? Well, here are some facts:
Last month, more than 30% of people in America fell asleep in the daytime without even realizing that it happened until they suddenly woke up.
That sounds pretty serious, huh?
Also in the last month, 5% of Americans, when examined by age group, were found to have fallen asleep while driving a car and they did not realize this had happened until they woke up.
According to the CDC, sleep deprivation has a strong link to industrial disasters, medical and occupational errors and motor vehicle accidents. They go on to say that morbidity and mortality, mental health problems and addiction, cancer and diabetes are also associated with sleep deprivation.
What’s The Problem, I Get My 8 Hours?
Well, that will work if you are an adult. But it is extremely likely that almost 30% of adults in the United States are only getting 6 hours or less of sleep a night. And if you are in your teens that is simply not enough sleep.
According to the National Institute of Health, children actually need 10 hours of sleep per night, teenagers 9 to 10 hours and adults need 7 to 8 hours every night.
And people are not getting this much sleep or even close to it.
The average teenager in high school, not college but the high school with a maximum age of 18, are simply not getting at least 8 hours of sleep on a typical school night.
And here is the real kicker ñ most high school students are not athletes.
It is not only true that athletes need sleep so their athletic skills will improve but they desperately need the muscle restoration that occurs during sleep, according to Sara Madnick, Ph.D. who is a sleep researcher in La Jolla, California at the Salk Institute. She goes on to say that not getting adequate sleep will negatively affect athletic performance.
So you simply need to get more sleep if you are an athlete. Your body, as well as your nervous system, are taking a beating and the only way to recover is to sleep.