You know that feeling you get when you haven’t had enough sleep, and especially when you’ve gone more than a couple days in a row without enough sleep? Well, for every person who wishes they could get more sleep there are people who claim that it makes absolutely no difference. They say “I’ll sleep when I’m dead,” or even go so far as to hold those who focus on adequate sleep as being somehow weak, or lazy.
If you’re one who scoffs at the notion that sleep (or a lack of sleep) can make a significant difference in performance, whether mental or physical, you might want to take a quick glance at some of the information gathered here about the world’s most elite athletes. These are men and women who have made their fortune based on their physical abilities. In some cases they appear to be nearly superhuman in their talent and skill. Talking to them about the role that sleep plays in their daily schedule is both eye-opening and enlightening. Continue reading