Has anything happened when you haven’t had a good night's sleep, such as feeling less alert, less recovered, or worse - a crash or injuring yourself?
Quite a while ago I had some issues with sleep, bordering on insomnia. It was one of the most unpleasant feelings not getting sleep when you so badly want it. There's also no quick fix, and you get minimal sympathy from people who haven't experienced it. I found lack of sleep was beginning to set me back, so I actively sought methods of relaxation and processes to get better sleeping habits. Since then, I've appreciated a good night's sleep and my Sealy Posturepedic Exquisite bed much more.
Why is a great rest and good night's sleep so important in sport and for your general wellbeing and mindfulness?
Without good sleep, your body isn't able to repair itself. If it can't repair itself, your body can't perform at its maximum capability, either mentally or physically. Rest offers a fantastic moment to reflect on your day, and also time to daydream about goals and ambitions. I think it's really important to unload your thoughts before trying to sleep, and I find reflecting on your ambitions promotes positive dream thoughts, too.
What are your mornings like?
I rise to an alarm around 6:30am most days, then wander out to the lounge where my dog Mushka is waiting excitedly. After a few pats, I'll turn on my coffee machine and while I wait for it to heat up, I'll eat my muesli and scroll through the Herald and Stuff websites, usually reading the articles with the most clickbait-worthy titles! Once I've had my coffee at 7:30am, I start to get ready for training and head out the door shortly afterwards.