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Your Alarm Clock Could Actually Be Hurting Your Dancing

Perfectionist, type-A dancers often try to squeeze a million things into their days, waking up early to cross-train or staying up late to finish one more side project.

But the next time you're tempted to skimp on your slumber, consider this: The longer you sleep, the more benefits you get from it. With each sleep cycle, your body spends more time in that deep, restorative REM stage, and releases another hit of testosterone and human growth hormone, both of which facilitate physical repair.


Still not convinced? A 2011 study at Stanford University found that when its basketball players aimed for at least 10 hours of sleep a night, they sprinted 4 percent faster, shot free throws and 3-pointers with about 9 percent more accuracy, and showed better reaction times. When the researchers replicated the experiment with collegiate swimmers and football and tennis players, they again saw significantly improved times.

So it's probably safe to assume that a couple extra hours in bed could also help your dancing. Set aside extra time in bed during performance season, whether that means waking up as late as you can, or hitting the sheets early instead of staying up to scroll through Instagram again.

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Topical Pain Relievers Are the Next Item on Your Dancer Self-Care Supply List

With the stressors of the pandemic still lingering more than one year later, self-care is, rightfully, a priority for everyone right now. But dancers have always known the importance of keeping their bodies and minds as healthy as possible. After all, your body is your instrument, and as we make our long-awaited returns to the studio and stage, finding self-care strategies that work for you will be crucial to getting back up to speed—mentally and physically—with your rigorous performing and training schedule.

Dancers have a myriad of options to choose from when it comes to treating minor ailments like soreness, swelling and bruising. One that's quickly gaining popularity are topical pain relievers, which provide targeted, temporary relief of minor pain. These days, there's more than just your tried-and-true Tiger Balm on the shelves. From CBD lotions to warming gels and patches, finding the product that's right for you can be as difficult as finding the perfect Rockette-red shade of lipstick…but even more beneficial to your dance career.

Read on for our breakdown of some of the most common ingredients to look out for in the topical pain relief aisle.

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May 2021