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Twitter Thread Illuminates How Sleep Affects Sports Performance

Twitter Thread Illuminates How Sleep Affects Sports Performance

This week on Balls.ie, Vickey Nolan, fitness director at West Wood Club in Dun Laohgaire, wrote a column on Balls.ie about the importance of sleep for fitness enthusiasts. If you're serious about making fitness gains, you need your eight hours in the leaba every night. Interestingly, Twitter has surfaced a brilliant thread this week that breaks down exactly why sleep matters for high performance athletes.

American Josh Faga runsย  a podcast called Just Kickin' It dedicated to football coaching and performance. This week he was joined by Dr Steven Lockley of Harvard Medical School's Division of Sleep. Few people are as equipped to speak about the scientific benefits of sleep as Dr Lockley and the information he provides about sleep and fitness - especially around the risks of morning exercise - are noteworthy.

If you don't have time to listen to the entire podcast, Faga summarised the most interesting talking points from the podcast on the Twitter thread below.

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These thoughts will be especially interesting to anybody who's doing religious workouts before 8am every day. You can listen to the entire podcast below for more context.

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