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23 August 2011

The importance of sleep for rugby players

Sleep and recovery after exercise, particularly relating to performance, is important and the link between sleep cognitive function and metabolic function is growing.

The relationship between sleep and recovery after exercise, particularly relating to performance, is receiving more attention as the link between sleep cognitive function and metabolic function becomes better understood.

Stages 1 to 4 are often grouped together and referred to as non rapid eye movement sleep (NREM) (81). During the day, beta brainwaves dominate and reflect a mental state that is actively aware of the surroundings. As one lies down in preparation for sleep, beta waves are replaced by alpha waves. These are associated with a mental state of being awake yet relaxed.  

 
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