Sleep is something us equestrian aren’t very good at getting enough of. But, that needs to change!! I will hold my hands up and say that I was one of the worse, I rarely got anywhere near 7 hrs sleep and would sleep very lightly, not a healthy way to be. I didn’t think anything about it until I started on my Centre 10 journey. We covered a whole section on the importance of sleep, and it fascinated me. I went on to find out more. Now I make sure I get at least 7 hrs sleep a night, and I find I’m sleeping better.
So, why is sleep important? Well, sleep is vital for our bodies, its involved in healing, in keeping us healthy, in weight loss, in increasing productivity, improved memory, boosting our immune, and enhancing our exercise performance. Our minds also benefit from a good nights sleep, with productivity and focus being improved, anxiety being reduced and we are generally in a better mood after a good rest!
Performance is definitely affected by sleep and since I have been more strict about it, I can also say I have been a better rider, a better coach and a better human!