Shhhh! Go to Sleep
Sleep plays a vital role in good health and well-being throughout your life. Getting enough quality sleep at the right times can help protect your mental health, physical health, quality of life, and safety.
Charles Czeisler is the Chief of the Division of Sleep and Circadian Disorders at Brigham Women's Hospital and Director of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School. His methods are fundamental and have brought to light the importance of this under-appreciated aspect of an athlete's regiment. This article responds to a Q&A with the doctor.
Here is a fun graphic of sleep tendencies between professional athletes and quick facts to help you engage with this important topic.
Finally, if you want an easy way to track your sleep patterns and identify those practices that are hindering or helping your sleep cycles, try these. The first is a physical sleep diary that you can print out and keep notes in accordingly. The second is an app (only for iphone, sorry android users) that can track your sleep and wake you up in real time, which is helpful for REM. It will present you with a personalized and accurate sleep analysis.