“When I grew up, I realised the importance of proper sleep” – Wasim Akram

“When I grew up, I realised the importance of proper sleep” – Wasim Akram

Former Legendary Pakistan speedster Wasim Akram believes proper sleep is really important for any athlete as much as fitness and other factors are for their optimum performance. His belief in the importance of proper sleep for athletes’ performance aligns with the general consensus among sports and health experts. Sleep is a critical component of an athlete’s overall well-being and can significantly impact their performance in several ways.

Wasim Akram’s personal experience underscores the importance of discipline and proper sleep in an athlete’s life. Many athletes, especially during their formative years, might not pay much attention to their sleep patterns or daily routines. It often takes personal experiences or advice from loved ones to bring about a positive change.

In Akram’s case, he mentioned that both his late wife and his second wife played a significant role in helping him understand the importance of discipline in his lifestyle, including sleep. They likely recognized the impact of a consistent sleep schedule on his overall health and performance, and their support and guidance contributed to his success as a cricketer.

Speaking exclusively to Sportskeeda alongside former Indian cricketer S Sreesanth, here’s what Wasim Akram had to say about the importance of sleep:

“There’s a saying that ‘Monkey sees, monkey does’ and so when we were kids back in Lahore we used to look at our cousins sleeping late and waking up late and used to follow that. But when I grew up, I realized the importance of proper sleep.”

He further added:

“One of the benefits of having married a lady from a western country is the change in lifestyle. In Australia, we eat dinner at 6:30 in the evening. In India, Pakistan you got to take bath at 9:00 pm. Peak hours in Australia are 6 to 8 in the morning. At our place, even street dogs are sleeping at this time because they know nothing is going to happen during that time (laughs).”

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