Time zones effect on sporting ability

You are probably well aware of what happens when you have a bad night’s sleep. You are moody, you can’t concentrate and you’re more likely to make mistakes.

Well, imagine if you had a bad night’s sleep and had to play a soccer grand final, in front of thousands of people. You can imagine that the game wouldn’t go too well.

For elite athletes, sleep and performance are inextricably linked. And when athletes travel for their sport, it can have a devestating affect on their ability to perfrom.

Associate Professor Rob Duffield from the Faculty of Health has been studying the best ways to get athletes to sleep, especially when travelling internationally.

Image: Edward Simpson on Flickr.

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