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Can lack of sleep affect netball performance

I had a netball game on Saturday and i slept around 10 pm the night before. When I woke up i felt sleepy, and not energized. I think i was slow on my feet when it came to the game. I did not play at my usual level of performance. can lack of sleep affect performance in netball? should i sleep earlier next time? BTW, my game was at 8:30 am so I had to wake up at 6 am.thanks.

Hi Ekessha, 

Yes, sleep can in fact affect your netball performance. Poor sleep can contribute to slower reaction times, increased risk of injury, inaccuracy and more mental errors. It may not have been due to the duration of your sleep, it may have been due to your sleep quality. To improve this try avoid screens before you go to bed (e.g. your phone) and if possible try to relax and not worry about the game etc. This will help you get to sleep quicker and improve your overall sleep quality.

You could always try to go to sleep earlier, however if you are not use to going to sleep this early you may struggle to get to sleep. 

On the way to your game maybe try listening to some upbeat music to get you ready for your game and ensure your warm up is high intensity. 

These are of course only suggestions from a player/coach myself but I hope it helps. 

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