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CART-Dance Teach March 3/16-SS
Q: How can I quickly
slow down my heart
rate backstage to
recover from a hard
A: Stimulate your vagus nerve—the major
channel of the parasympathetic nervous system,
which relaxes the body—by taking slow breaths
from deep down in your diaphragm, rather than
quick, shallow breaths from your chest. Even one
diaphragmatic breath can jumpstart a process
that slows down your heart.
The Sleep Conundrum
During a particularly heavy rehearsal season, sleep is more crucial than ever so your
body can recover. But unfortunately, the harder you dance, the harder it might be to
sleep: A small study in the Journal of Sports Sciences found that nine days of intense
training caused a “significant and progressive decline in sleep quality” among 13 cyclists.
Although the athletes were in bed for longer, they spent less time actually sleeping.
Unsurprisingly, their mood and athletic performance declined along with the lost sleep.
Interestingly, researchers found that a high-carb diet seemed to mitigate these effects
somewhat. But the best line of defense is setting aside ample time for sleep (including
naps!) when you’re exercising especially hard, since you may be waking up more often
during the night.