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READY, SET, SNOOZE

the night before your race, you may know not to fret: It’s the sleep two nights prior to race day that really matters, right? Believe that, and you’ll truly freak if something keeps you up (or wakes you up) during that supposedly critical time. Instead of sleep-stressing, throw everything you think slumber is largely irrelevant,” says W. Chris Winter, M.D., a Virginia-based neurologist and author of . Winter encourages athletes to remember all the consistent, proper sleep that carried them through their training rather than angsting over an isolated bad night near the end. “All is not lost if an athlete has a tough night right before the competition,” he says. Here’s how to snooze better, and, failing that, how to respond to maximize your performance potential.

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