08/13/2014 12:01 pm ET Updated Aug 14, 2014

These Famous Athletes Rely On Sleep For Peak Performance

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For professional athletes, exercise, diet and training are crucial to maximizing their abilities. But in recent years, more and more athletes have been opening up about another performance enhancer: sleep. For example,many NBA stars swear by the benefits of napping, both on game days and off days. In nearly every sport, sleep is now considered key to achieving peak performance. Here are some of the athletes who have spoken up about its performance-enhancing powers.

Athletes Who Sleep Their Way To The Top

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