Novak Djokovic reveals his sleep routine – ‘I try to get my beauty sleep’

Shahida Jacobs
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Novak Djokovic during a press conference

What time does Novak Djokovic usually go to bed? How many hours of beauty sleep does the tennis great get each night?

We all know sleep plays a vital role when it comes to our mental and physical well-being, but just how much sleep is enough for a tennis icon like Novak Djokovic?

The 22-time Grand Slam winner was asked about his sleep routine following his three-set victory over Juan Pablo Varillas in fourth round at the French Open and replied: “Well, I mean, sleep is extremely important. Probably more important than any other recovery routines that you could do.

“Yeah, I like to get at least, you know, eight-and-a-half hours of sleep a night. I’m pretty deep sleeper, so to say. I don’t wake up during the night, so I get everything done in those particular amount of hours that I’m looking for.

“I mean, especially if you are experiencing some, you know, physical, strong physical efforts on a given day, then your body is asking for more sleep. REM sleep is the most important one between 1:00 and 4:00 a.m. So I try to be already in a deep sleep by that time.

“I don’t go too early to sleep but I also don’t go late, around midnight or something. I try to get those eight or nine hours of beauty sleep. I think that helps a lot with recovery, feeling good, feeling fresh.”

Tennis, of course, is one of the few sports where players don’t always always know what time their matches start. Unless it is a big final, then match can sometimes get underway several hours it its scheduling time.

Some players prefer to watch movies while others like Djokovic prefer to take naps and meditate.

The former world No 1 added: “Do I get naps? I get, yeah, if you want to call them maybe short naps, maybe some meditation stuff that I do during the day that it’s just kind of a quick reset of energy, 10, 15 minutes, 30 minutes, depends how much I have.

“Sometimes it’s just five minutes breathing exercises or something that will just recharge me and allow me to have a bit more energy for the rest of the day. Basically, yeah, that’s the whole routine.”

Last week sixth seed Holger Rune was also asked about his sleep routine.

“I sleep a lot. I love to sleep. I probably sleep around, I don’t know, 9 to 13 hours if I can,” the Dane said.

“It’s a lot (laughter). I really like it. I think it’s the best recovery that you can have. You know, I actually think the muscle relax, everything relaxes when you sleep, so I try to, you know, every time I can sleep.

“Then when I’m awake I’m fully awake, yeah. (Laughter.)”

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