By Lisbeth Hoyt PT, DPT, CSCS
If sitting is the new "smoking" health risk, sleep is the new performance enhancing tool we don’t focus on enough. Getting enough sleep is essential for everyone to function, yet in our busy work/training lives, sleep is usually one of the last things we make time for. For runners and athletes, it's the easiest recovery tool you most likely aren't utilizing. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine states that adults require 7-9 hours of sleep for optimal performance. Performance doesn’t just mean exercise; it also includes the mental and physical performance needed to get through your daily routine.