It’s probably safe to say that we could all use a little more sleep. Too many of us have pulled an all-night rager before our 7 am tee time the next day. Not only are we hurting a little (or a lot!), but we certainly aren’t playing our best either.
Whether you are a pro or the casual golfer, a good night’s sleep will only help you perform that much better on the course. That’s because sleep is extremely important to our physical and mental health. Our bodies are magnificent machines, that if maintained properly, can accomplish amazing things for years to come.
If you don’t believe us, maybe you’ll listen to an expert like Dr. Jeffrey Durmer, Chief Medical Officer of Nox Health and a neuroscientist specializing in sleep. Not only is he well know and respected in his field, but he also was responsible for helping athletes get the most out of their sleep schedules.
Dr. Durmer went on Good Morning America to discuss the importance of good sleep hygiene:
“It has changed a lot — the perception about sleep, where [athletes] kind of looked at sleep as ‘I’ll sleep when I’m dead. I can workout three times a day.’ What we found is that this concept of overtraining syndrome is really not about overtraining, it’s about under-recovery. So if you’re not recovering enough, your training itself could become a detriment.”
If golfing at your highest level is important to you, then pay attention. We’ve got some tips for maximizing sleep benefits and improving your game.
1. Get into a Routine
Your body works on an internal clock and can be trained to maintain a certain schedule. When starting a new routine, you may find it helpful to get in the habit of setting some alarms. These reminders aren’t just for when you wake up. Set your alarm to begin your nightly wind down. Get in comfy clothes, read a good book, or meditate to prepare your body for rest.
2. Prepare Your Sleep Environment
Perhaps part of your relaxation time is spent taking a nice warm shower before bed. Be sure to keep your bedroom at a cooler temperature to avoid overheating which can cause sleep disruption. You will find you are able to fall asleep quicker and stay asleep throughout the night.
3. Boot the Technology From Your Bedroom
Blue light is emitted from electronics and can play a role in keeping our brains wide awake. You want your sleep time to be dedicated to just that. When you have light and sound in the room where you are trying to rest, your can disrupt your circadian rhythm and sacrifice a good night’s sleep.
4. It’s All About Performance
It can be hard to wind down after a long day. Sometimes, we just want to hang out and enjoy our downtime with some drinks. However, just like athletes maintain a strict diet to optimize performance, we must look at sleep the same way. The better your rest, the better your body will function and recover from injury.
5. Keep Track of Your Sleep
Pay attention to how well and how long you are sleep. As we mentioned, solid z’s are the key to all around better health. You will want to make sure you are getting quality rest. Stress can have a severe impact on how effective your sleep is so be sure to keep it in check. Talk to your doctor about possible solutions if you find you are still tired after a full night sleep.
Give yourself the best chance for success on and off the course. Your golf game will thank you!