Coaching Association of Canada

7 signs your athlete is suffering from sleep deprivation

Did you know lack of sleep can slow down recovery and compromise the immune system of your athlete? Sleep is one of many variables that can provide an advantage over the competition. When an athlete experiences chronic sleep deprivation it increases the risk of injury and may even cause the body to store extra fat.  

Recognize the signs and symptoms of sleep deprivation in your athlete:

  1. Forgetfulness
  2. Time to exhaustion decreases
  3. Early fatigue during training or competition
  4. Unexpected emotional responses: pessimism, sadness, stress/anxiety, anger
  5. Inability to solve problems during practice or competition
  6. Decreased alertness and poorer focus on task
  7. Slower recovery from training or competition or from injury

Addressing and attending to the importance of your athlete’s sleep will reduce the risk of overtraining/under-recovery, enhance resistance to illness, and improve recovery from injury.

Coaches, enroll in the Prevention and Recovery module and provide your athletes with strategies to avoid sleep deprivation. The National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) multi-sport modules series are available through your Provincial or Territorial Coaching Representative.