How the World’s Best Pro Surfers Fuel for Performance

With the global expansion of the coronavirus over the last two months, the world of professional sports has all but pressed pause. Pro surfers, who typically spend a majority of their years on the road, are suddenly sitting at home—no matter what the swell report says. On April 28, the World Surf League (WSL) cancelled or postponed the entirety of its competition calendar through July 1, and even that is subject to change.

With normalcy far in the distance and many surf spots still locked down, pro surfers are focusing more than ever on nutrition. The thinking is simple: A healthy body will provide the performance edge needed the minute they’re allowed to paddle out.

But surfers have a few added variables in the fight for peak fitness. These athletes are often at the whims of

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Sleep deprived? Don’t depend on caffeine | Health Beat

After three consecutive nights of too little sleep, caffeine loses much of its effectiveness. (For Spectrum Health Beat)

It’s a familiar scene. A late night. An early morning. And then Starbucks or Biggby Coffee to the rescue.

Except that doesn’t work in the long run.

“You can’t just replace sleep with caffeine and feel fine,” said Spectrum Health dietitian Christy McFadden. “You can’t live on caffeine alone. Eventually you will need a good night’s rest.”

Science backs her up.

Caffeine loses its effectiveness after three nights of too little sleep, according to a study published in the journal Sleep.

The study included 48 individuals who were only allowed to sleep five hours a night for five nights in a row. After waking, they were given either caffeine or a placebo, and then their moods and alertness were tested throughout the day.

The findings: After a certain point, caffeine doesn’t do

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