Sleep is vital for injury prevention

Adolescents and sleep. That old issue, huh? In adolescence, kids like to go to sleep later and sleep later in the morning, but they have to get up early enough to conform with school timetables. It has ever been thus.  Hormonal changes that also affect the sleep wake cycle turn our kids into night owls who actually need more sleep than they did in primary school to cope with the extraordinary growth and change that occurs in their bodies and brains.

We know that if we don’t get enough sleep we can’t learn as well – both academically and in a sports skill development sense, but did you know that we also don’t repair and heal as well?

A study published a couple of years ago found that less than 7 hours sleep per night was associated with almost a doubling in sports injury risk compared to those teens getting more than 8 hours sleep per night.




So what can we do to try and get more sleep?

Sleep hygiene

  1. No electronic devices in bed.
  2. Get up at the same time each day.
  3. Avoid the afternoon nap
  4. Limit caffeine and alcohol
  5. Wind the mind down prior to going to bed
  6. Eat regularly and adequately.
  7. Exercise regularly