"YOU SNOOZE, YOU LOSE"
Sleep was long regarded as a passive rest phase – i.e. as unproductive, or even a complete waste of time. "You snooze, you lose“, as they say – but nothing could be further from the truth. Actually, a multitude of psychological and physical processes take place during sleep which are extremely important for our health and well-being.
From Thomas Tuchel to the Chicago Bulls
Top athletes have already discovered this fact. The coach of Paris Saint-Germain, Thomas Tuchel, hired a sleep consultant at Borussia Dortmund years ago. And in America's NBA, too, teams like the Chicago Bulls are investing in optimizing their players' sleep.
Will it pay off? Presumably it will, because sleep disorders have massively negative effects:
- Up to 300% slower reaction time
- Up to 65% higher risk of injury and poorer healing after injuries do occur
- Up to 20% worse coordination
- Increased feeling of hunger and therefore weight gain
- Favors diabetes
- Greater risk of depression
In addition to psychological and physical causes, an optimal sleeping environment is important for restful sleep. And that goes far beyond simply darkening the bedroom. Mattress, blanket, and pillow are crucial for a healthy sleep. The German saying that "The way you make your bed is the way you sleep" is more accurate than ever.