Two Attitudes on Sleep

Here are two attitudes on sleep as it relates to sports:
#1: Sleep is very important for athletes. It helps your body and mind recover, and it is needed for peak performance. Athletes should get 8-10 hours of sleep every night.
#2: Sleep is important but it also takes time away from training. Losing hours of sleep is worth it if this makes you more productive throughout the day. 

Most people I know seem to agree with attitude #1. However, I've recently read about Kobe Bryant's tendency to wake up very early in the morning (usually around 5 am, sometimes earlier) in order to squeeze in another workout into the day. Kobe's attitude was that since he couldn't balance basketball, family, and sleep all together, he choose to sacrifice sleep. Looking at Kobe's career, it looks like this attitude was beneficial for him. But is it beneficial for everyone? Is the extra training worth the decrease in sleep? At what point is it not worth it?

These are questions you need to answer for yourself, since everyone is different, with different priorities, situations, and sleeping habits. Whichever attitude on sleep you choose, test it out and see if it truly works for you. If it seems to work, commit to it and believe in it even if other people are opposed to it.

Me personally, I like attitude #1. I think sleep is important and I try to get a good 8 hours of sleep every night. However, I rarely sleep in. I think 8 hours is enough, and once you hit around 8 hours, you should wake up and start being productive. I can see how attitude #2 can work for certain people. If you're highly motivated and get used to going to sleep at the same time and waking up at the same time, sleeping style #2 can be effective and sustainable. Also, remember that it’s not either-or. You can use both sleeping strategies at different times. Perhaps, you use strategy #2 during the off-season to get more training in, and you use strategy #1 during the season so you’re well-rested for meaningful games. Let me know in the comments which attitude on sleep you agree with. 

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