Get Your Z’s
It can be difficult to find enough hours in a day to balance work, training and family obligations. For the time-crunched triathlete, sleep is usually the first thing that is sacrificed—but even cutting out an hour of snooze time each night can have detrimental effects. In a 2012 study published in the research journal SLEEP, adults who got less than seven hours of sleep per night were more likely to get sick after being exposed to a virus; they also had a harder time recovering. Make sleep a priority by scheduling your bedtime and wake-up alarm, just as you would any other important appointment—and shoot for seven to eight hours of quality sleep per night.