A couple of my athletes have had trouble falling asleep or staying asleep. When this problem is present the night before the race or the night after the race, I don’t worry too much about it. It’s a common problem.
I get more worried if athletes cannot get quality sleep over the long haul.
One very simple thing that has helped numerous athletes improve sleep quality is keeping a daily journal. One or two hours before bedtime I have them write down all the things that worry them. I don’t care how they do it – list form or paragraph form – but just do it. It can be one sentence or many. The idea is to unload all those worries that keep them awake at night onto paper. No one reads the journal except the athlete.
Once worries are unloaded, and perhaps some solutions are found, athletes can fall asleep easier and stay asleep.
If you’re having trouble getting quality rest, give it atry. You have nothing to lose except the bags under your eyes and poor performance due to fatigue.