Fatigue can have a drastic impact on our health, wellbeing and performance.
Brain function and cognitive abilities are often the first things to deteriorate as the result of fatigue or a sleep deficit. Decision-making skills, judgement of distance and speed and reaction time can all begin to fail.
There is evidence to show that perceptions worsen around feelings of pain, depression, tension an confusion. It is also thought that sustained fatigue suppresses the immune system and makes us more susceptible to illness.
We know that a huge proportion of our physical and mental repair takes place at night. Once asleep the body regulates is hormone levels to regulate stress and growth hormones are released, which contributes to the development of our muscles and bones.
During sleep our brains and central nervous systems develop, meaning that any skills learnt during the day are consolidated at night.
Whatever your athletic ability, you can be certain to function better during the day, whatever life throws at you when you maintain healthy sleep patterns.
(with reference to Dr Johnathon Bloomfield – The Mammoth Sleep Expert)
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