The Underlying Importance of Sleep

Originally published in Los Angeles Sport & Fitness, December 2012.

In college, I set my alarm for 5A.M. so that I could wake up, grab a banana, and drive to the Marina Del Rey boathouse to be on the water with the crew team by 5:30 A.M. Rowing early in the morning was a matter of practicality, as the water was calm before the hubbub of the daily marina activities. Rowing early in the morning also was practical because our meets were in the morning; we trained in a similar state to our performance state in terms of our Circadian rhythms. […]