Indiana Swimming
INFORMATION SOURCE
All of this information comes from Bridge Athletic's marketing material. 
  
3 STEPS TO BETTER SLEEP BEFORE COMPETITION
Elite athletes know how to minimize the negative side effects of traveling for competition, including how to sleep well on the road. Next time you take your team on the road, here are 3 tips to keep in mind. Be sure to adjust to the correct time zone, which may even mean leaving a day earlier than you'd planned for your trip in order to get the best performance. Prior to going to sleep, turn off all the lights, devices, and other bright objects that could both be a distraction and fool your body into thinking the sun is still up. Finally, be sure the hotel room is cool, dark, and quiet. With these steps, your team will be better prepared for the next away game or tournament.
  
THE POWER OF NAPS
How 20 - 30 minutes can affect athletic performance. Naps can have a profound affect on alertness and performance. But when you should nap and for how long depend on the individual.
  
SLEEP DEPRIVATION
Lack of sleep can be disastrous for game-time performance. Sleep is an extremely powerful recovery tool for athletes, playing a vital role in immune and brain function. Sleep deprivation can have lasting consequences for athletes.
  
MENTAL FATIGUE SLOWS DOWN TRAINING
Lack of sleep can be disastrous for game-time performance. Sleep is an extremely powerful recovery tool for athletes, playing a vital role in immune and brain function. Sleep deprivation can have lasting consequences for athletes.
  
CHRONIC SLEEP RESTRICTION HURTS ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE
Sleep loss decreases peak power. This study found that chronic sleep restriction negatively affects athletic performance. Results show that following sleep restriction, energy expenditure during submaximal exercise decreased 3.9 percent; maximal aerobic power decreased 2.9 percent and time to exhaustion decreased by 10.7 percent (37 seconds). All of this means tired athletes aren't performing as well on game day.