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Athletes who get an extra amount of sleep are more likely to improve their performance in a game.

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Elite athletes push their bodies to extremes every day. This brings with it a considerable degree of physical fatigue while training, traveling and competing. Where fractions of a second often mean the difference between a win and a loss, studies have shown that there is competitive advantage to those athletes who recognize the value of recovery. To stay on top, keeping the body healthy is not just about nutrition and training but also knowing the importance of a good night’s sleep.

SIRC has compiled articles and links that discuss athletic performance, sleep deprivation, introducing good sleeping habits into your lifestyle, and some sleep tips to get you started.

For even more information, SIRC Members can login to check out some of the research regarding sleep in our Member Resources section along the left bar.

Feature Articles

Athletic Performance

Charles Samuels, a Calgary doctor and head of a major sleep research project funded by the Own the Podium program, dreams of a cultural revolution when it comes to athletesí sleep habits. Every Canadian athlete in the 2012 London Olympics was screened for sleep disorders. Most had had their travel schedules meticulously planned in order to minimize effects of jet lag, including a detailed breakdown of flight schedules, when to sleep and where they should stay. Canada is the only country that goes to this degree in the planning of its Olympic athletes’ sleep.

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Supplementary Articles

Sleep Now Clearly a Predictor of Performance

Sleep and LTAD

Sleep Deprivation

All humans are biologically programmed to require sleep, as essential as air, food, and water. The demands of sports training and competition make good, regular, and restful sleep even more important. No athlete can ever realize his or her true sport potential unless their sleep is as vigorously pursued as all other aspects of the athletic life.

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Supplementary Article

Sleep Deprivation - Cognitive Function and Health Consequences

Sleep Deprivation and the Coach


Your body needs sleep. In fact you spend about one-third of your life in sleep. Sure, you tried to debunk this thesis in high school and college, but the reality canít be denied. You need to sleep for your body to function well. Inadequate sleep can impair performance and reaction time on par with the effects of a few alcoholic drinks. Sleep is intended as a period of restoration to reset your central computer. It is a time when your body can focus all of its energy on healing, growth, and preservation. Although sleep feels like a passive process for us, it is actually a very busy time of adaptation and healing.

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Supplementary Links

Sleep, Recovery and Human Performance

The Latest on Sleep and Recovery

Sleep Tips

A regular nightís rest comprises of four to five repeating 90-120 minutes cycles, each of which consists of four phases of sleep. Nighttime sleep loss is cumulative, and naps wonít fix the problem in the long term. If youíre regularly going to sleep at midnight and waking up at 5 a.m., by the third day, you canít function at a normal level. Hereís a look at what happens after you hit the mattress.

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Supplementary Articles

Sleep to be an All-Star - Infographic

Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep


News from SIRC

Canadian Olympic Committee/National Sport Leadership Summit


Focusing primarily on the Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Act, Sport Canada in conjuction with SIRC will be hosting an information and knowledge sharing session at the National Sport Leadership Summit.

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Once again SIRC is teaching the Algonquin College Sport Business Management class for a course on searching techniques; where and how to do the most comprehensive research for sport topics and how to maximize SIRC’s communication channels. The class is led by Professor & Coordinator, Sport Business Management, Dave Best, with Debra Gassewitz and Nancy Rebel heading the Sport Research component.



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