Posted by Natalie
Your body is a machine and it works best when running at full capacity. If you are not getting enough rest, your body will not function at peak performance. So even though it might be tempting to stay up late researching or practicing, you need your sleep.
The average teenager need 8-10 hours of sleep a night. Your bodies are still developing and so they need more time to recuperate and absorb everything you did that day. You shouldn’t try and get more than the recommended amount of sleep, but your memory will be stronger and your brain will be sharper if you get enough sleep. Once you get to the tournament, the ideal amount of sleep probably won’t be possible, but adrenaline can’t do its job if you already have a sleep deficit coming into nationals.