It’s dark. Are you laying awake staring at the ceiling, negative thoughts swirling through your mind; every possible, worst-case scenario being conjured up?
You are not alone.
In fact, you’re pretty normal.
Sleep deprivation is a common problem for elite athletes and can happen for a variety of reasons: early morning practice, late night competitions, travel, and – more commonly – worrying about your performance.
While it may not seem like a big deal, sleep deprivation can have serious consequences. Lack of sleep can lead to decreased performance, increased injuries, and impaired decision making.
And this is becoming increasingly normal for modern-day athletes as our lives become more and more highly pressured.
That being said, you could be doing it smarter.
Here's a snippet of the advice I gave one of our top athletes about what is keeping her awake and what she can do to take back control… and I thought it would be useful advice to share if you find your brain continuously putting itself on night watch.
Here in this video is a sniper approach to what you could be doing about it.