Last year, I was trying out for a high level academy side team, and I started having problems with my sleep a week or so before the trials, and during the trial days. I could get to sleep fine but staying asleep was my problem - I could only stay asleep for 6 hours. If I went to bed at 10:00pm, I would wake up at 4:00am - 5:00am, and not be able to sleep again. It sucked. It affected my performance in the trials and didn't make the cut due to injury anyway, though playing in a sleep deprived state, I wouldn't of played well. I dimmed the lights before bed, drank herbal tea, had a warm bath, read a book, no Tv etc.. and still couldn't stay in slumber for any more then 6 hours. Now, I have a trial this year for the same team (not for ages), but I would like to actually sleep properly building up to it - especially the night before the try outs, so if anybody has advice for future reference, let me know. My current problem is not staying asleep, but now GETTING to sleep. I just can't do it on the night before match day. Recently on that night I've been sleeping 5ish hours, and see it in my performance, especially fitness. Last time I only slept 2 hours. I'm going to try and get some good sleep hygiene happening again as I have just been watching TV before hitting the hay, as I have no trouble sleeping every other night, it's just the decisive one before game day. What do I do!? In addition, I don't feel like I ever wake up refreshed. I always wake up with some degree of tiredness, so matter how much I sleep. Does ANYBODY ever actually wake up feeling awesome and rejuvenated? Do you think that sleep deficits build? Does this tiredness mean that I'm in sleep dept? P.S - I'm going to buy a melatonin supplement to see if this helps, particularly for the night before my match. PP.S! - A sub-question about sleep here. What's better, quality of sleep, or how long I sleep for? or both!? My team trains at night, so I'm not in my room and settling for bed until about 9:30pm, and then I sleep at about 10:30pm. The problem is that I have to be awake at 6:30pm for an 8am school start, so I'm only getting 8 hours of sleep. That may be a lot for you adults, but I'm 15 going on 16 years of age, so I need more sleep, particularly as an athlete. If I make that 8 hours really good quality, do you think it'll equal say, 10 hours of average quality sleep. Is there even such thing as sleep quality anyway? or is sleep just sleep? Sorry for all the questions, but hopefully I can at least get the majority of them answered, or at least an opinion on them. Thanks heaps!