Lakers Head Trainer Marco on Healthy Sleeping Habits
Sleep is as important as training for athletes of all ages and skill levels in order to achieve your full potential. Whether you are an NBA player or an up-and-coming hoopster, getting the proper amount of sleep is critical to your physical and mental health.
Here are a few pointers to keep in mind:
- Rest helps the body heal and re-energize. Giving the body time to rest is as important for our professional players during the long 82-game season as it is for young players balancing school and other activities. A rested body will help you achieve your peak performance and not feel fatigued throughout the day. Plus, you are also less likely to become sick.
- Maintaining a consistent sleep cycle is important. Try to go to bed and wake up around the same time every day. Our bodies follow a rhythm, so a consistent schedule helps your body want to sleep at night and be alert during the day.
- Sleep helps you think clearly and make good decisions. The better quality rest you get, the more focused and prepared you will be mentally and physically for your next challenge. Getting the right amount of shut-eye will also help you learn and develop skills on and off the court.
Treat Mistakes as Learning Opportunities
Mistakes are not something to fear. After all, everybody makes them. When you make a mistake, move on and get after it on the next play. Every mistake is a chance to learn and improve your skills.
Here are three things that can help you bounce back from a mistake:
- Embrace the opportunity to learn. Whether you win or lose, always do your best to learn throughout the process. The process is where you pick up knowledge of the game and it becomes muscle memory. It’s also a time to develop and focus on the skills that will make you a successful player.
- Stay positive. It can be easy to get down on yourself when you make a mistake. Instead, try to stay positive and have fun. Developing good habits and believing in yourself can go a long way in your improvement.
- Reflect, regroup and refocus. When you make a mistake, take a moment to understand what happened and how to avoid repeating that mistake – but don’t dwell on it for long. Refocus on the next task, and remember: You can’t change what happened, but you can change what happens next.