5 reasons dancers need sleep!
The importance of sleep for dancers and overall performance.

1. Injury prevention

Injury prevention

Muscles heal and scar tissue develops during sleep. Scar tissue is fiber that the body creates to repair injuries.

2. Learning new choreography or technique

Learning new choreography or technique

When asleep, the brain doesn't shut down. Memory connections and motor sequencing occurs during sleep which can affect the mental performance of dancers.

3. Not enough sleep can cause weight gain

Not enough sleep can cause weight gain

When you don't sleep enough, the chemicals in the body shift. For example, the hormone Ghrelin is used for hunger. When you are sleep deprived,  ghrelin levels increase and tells the brain that you are hungry. It specifically tells the brain that the body needs more carbohydrates and sugars.

4. Micro-sleeps can be a result of sleep deficiency and are DANGEROUS

Micro-sleeps can be a result of sleep deficiency and are DANGEROUS

Micro-sleeps(momentary sleep) are dangerous as they can be the cause of accidents. For dancers, this lack of awareness can lead to severe injury. 

5. Growth hormone is released during sleep

Growth hormone is released during sleep

The growth hormone maximizes muscle strength and repair as well as building bone and burning fat. This is an aid to dancers because of the amount of strain they put on their bodies daily. 

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