We all know that diet and exercise are key factors in developing and maintaining a healthy body composition. But what most people don't realize is that recovery (in this instance sleep) is one of the most important and widely overlooked factor.
I've worked with a number of clients who have had their diet and exercise routines dialed in and were still struggling week after week. It wasn't until we dug deeper and looked at the amount and quality of their recovery did we find the culprit that was sabotaging their results.
There have numerous studies done about the positive and negative affects of not getting enough sleep. In the case of an athlete that is putting extreme demands on their body several times a week the importance of sleep cannot be overlooked.
Check out this article for more information on the importance of sleep and how to improve the quality and quantity of sleep.