Why Getting a Good Night Sleep Before a Competition is Important
You might have done all necessary preparations for your imminent competition such as attending rehearsals, packing your costumes, and so much more. Imagine that tomorrow is the big day that you have been training for. Your excitement is taking over and you stay up late thinking about how tomorrow will play out. You continue to review your dances, chat with friends, and delay bed time. In the end, you didn’t head to bed and fall to sleep early as you should have. What really will happen if you don’t get enough sleep the night before a competition?
Just How Important is Your Sleep Before Competition?
Every athlete will stress the importance of getting adequate sleep the night prior to competing. Essentially, it’s a part of your overall preparation for that important day of yours. According to studies, the quality of your sleep has a physiological impact on your actual performance. Poor sleep results in fatigue, less endurance and strength, and slower mental function. This further illustrates how all of your body parts are interconnected to one another. Therefore, you really need to do all you can to help yourself to get what you are aiming for.
It’s important to condition your mind as well as your body for the competition for the best possible results. Taking home the prize is more attainable when you’ve had the right amount of rest. A great performance in part comes from having the ability of your mind and body to coordinate with one another.
When you are well-rested you will also feel more confident in your abilities. If you haven’t had enough rest you will feel more nervous about it to the point that you may no longer be able to focus on the competition. You’ll start thinking negatively, making you less confident of your skills and abilities which can be detrimental. Give yourself the best possible chance at success by allowing plenty of quality rest.
Tips for Getting Good Sleep Before the Big Day
Set a bed time. Even if you haven’t had one in years, it’ll give you a timeline to follow.
Practice going to bed early several days before the night before competition. You will get into a good routine and will feel extra rested.
Avoid distractions in your room at bed time. Try removing electronics, and yes, even your phone from your room so that you aren’t interrupted.
Take deep breaths and try to meditate. Envision your success the next morning while remaining calm and collected.