Infographic: How an Athlete Recovers During Each Hour of Sleep

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No matter how many times we tell you sleep is as important to your fitness as nutrition and your training regimen, we know those late nights you spend working or out with your buddies are still happening. So how about a different tactic? The Sleep Matters Club, a sleep publication in the UK, has created an infographic that illustrates exactly what’s going on as you snooze away (hopefully for the recommended eight hours!). It even delves into how the body of an athlete goes into overdrive to repair the microtrauma of a WOD or long run at night. Check it out. And if you struggle to fall asleep at night, try these before-bed exercises, read these tips on getting better shuteye while traveling, and eat more of these foods.

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