I like to begin each class with what I call a Q/A. I use it for:
Lebron James is 33 years old. He has been to the NBA finals 7 straight years; he has shattered every meaningful basketball statistical category, while keeping his body in pristine condition.
Which brings on the question — What is the secret behind Lebron James success?
Question: How many hours do you think Lebron sleeps at night? (The average American sleeps schedule is 6.8 hours a night. How many hours do you sleep a night?)
Lebron sleeps 12 hours a night
Which brings on a class discussion–Why would Lebron sleep 12 hours a night?
The average American sleep schedule is 6.8 hours a night. Are you above average or just average?
Adding sleep is a vital part of any workout routine. A night of your best sleep is the time when your body gets a chance to regenerate and rejuvenate the energy it has depleted during the day. How much energy do you think Lebron depletes during a game?1
According to a recent ESPN article, Lebron and the Cleveland Cavaliers’ recent success is directly tied to the sleep that they’re getting. After suffering a string of embarrassing losses, their trainers looked at ways to spark more energy for their players during games. They decided that the best course of action was to sleep more, keeping the players in one city overnight so that their sleep schedule wasn’t interrupted so they could get a full night of their best sleep. It’s something that head athletic trainer, Steve Spiro, said is vital to athletic success.1
Lebron has been serious about sleep technology for some time. He even sleeps in a hyperbaric chamber to maximize the amount of oxygen in his blood whenever he has a game day. He’s not the only one, point guard Steve Nash used to sleep upwards of twelve hours on game days — and he played until he was forty.
Great athletes prioritize their time to do what is necessary so they can perform at the highest levels. You know sleep is a real factor when teams are now organizing their flights times and hotel reservations to maximizing sleep for their athletes.
Q/A Now, do you get 8 to 10 hours of sleep a night? If not, what are 2 things you can do to get your best rest?