Sleep Hygiene Is a Major Concern For Olympians This Summer: Doctors Explain Why

Sleep plays a tremendous restorative role in physical and mental wellbeing. For athletes, sleep offers a chance for the body to recover and fine-tune movement memory, which often happens in REM sleep, according to Alex Dimitriu, M.D., who is double board-certified in Psychiatry and Sleep Medicine and the founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine. “Jet lag, long training schedules, and especially late-night meals and exercise can have a negative impact on performance,” he says. 
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