Wednesday, November 28, 2007

To Sleep, Perchance to Start - Part 1

Clement Micarelli

A parent recently wrote to me asking me to cover the importance of rest for young basketball players, so let's start with the most important type of rest - sleep.
Shakespeare once wrote, "to sleep, perchance to dream", but I say "To sleep, perchance to start". I can't overemphasize the importance of getting a good night's sleep.
Sleep is important because it:
Helps you grow - Want to grow taller? Growth hormone is made while you're sleeping. Exercise and sleep help your body grow.
Helps you repair injuries - sprained your ankle? Got a bad floor burn? Deep sleep helps your body recover from injuries to play another day.
Helps you make memories - Can't remember your plays? Not doing as well in school as you'd like? A good night's sleep can help!
Helps you stay healthy and fight infections - Sleep helps strengthen your immune system.
Let's you DREAM! - Make that game winning shot, first in your dreams, then on the court.

Did You Know?
The average 8-13 year old basketball player needs between 9-11 hours of sleep each night!
How Much Sleep Do You Need? How Can You Get Enough Sleep?
I'll write about this in my next post.
Sweet Dreams....................

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