More than 50% of Pakistani athletes suffering from sleeping disorders

Abdul Wali Khan University (AWKU) researchers in Mardan claimed that over half of Pakistani sports athletes have different sleep disorders which adversely affect their performances on the ground.

Titled 'Sleep disturbance and associated risk factors among Pakistani spectators,' the report states that 52.2% of national athletes are facing milder to severe sleep disorders, and 70.25% have mild to moderate daily disorders.

According to the report, which included 230 participants from all units including AJK and GB, approximately 47% of athletes slept for 5 to 6 hours, and 42.9% slept for 7 to 8 hours.

The most widely recorded result of a sleep disturbance among Pakistani athletes who face low or insufficient sleep is daytime instability and disorder.

In order to enhance their results, AWKU researchers requested therapies to increase the time and efficiency of the sleep of the athletes.

The AWKU Mardan Assistant Professor and the lead investigator of the study Dr. Farooq Hussain said that it takes adults seven to nine hours of sleep to get their best performance.

He also said a thorough reduction in the stamina, agility, concentration, and remembrance of athletes who sleep less than the recommended seven to 9 hours will place them at increased risk of illness or injury.

He concluded that sleep-deprived athletes have natural brain-functioning capacities and can adversely impair their decision making skills at some stage in their careers.

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