Admitting it once held her back, Lauren Jackson plans to become a sleeping giant when she comes out of basketball retirement next month.
The two-time WNBA champion and three-time MVP will play for her Albury-Wodonga hometown in the NBL1 from April, six years after a knee injury forced the four-time Olympian out of the game.
She insists a fairytale World Cup call-up for the Opals, who she led to a world championship in 2006, in Sydney in September can't be her focus given the unpredictability of her 40-year-old body.
But the mother, Hall of Fame member and basketball administrator says addressing an issue that hampered her stellar career is helping.
"It's all going to plan ... I don't want to say it - I'm really superstitious - but hoping it keeps going the way it is," she told AAP.
"I'm just trying to get my equilibrium back and sleep is a huge part of it, because (during her career) if I didn't get a good night's sleep I didn't know what I was in for.
"I'm very competitive but I don't know how my body's going to last, there's so much that could go wrong.
"The fantasy is there, the dream is there but we'll see how far I get."
Jackson consulted sleep health company ResMed to address her bedtime struggles as one of 47 per cent of Australian women who have trouble sleeping at least three nights a week, according to the company's own survey.
The study also found that 27 per cent didn't think a sleep issue was serious enough to warrant seeking help.
Friday March 18 is World Sleep Day and Jackson encouraged others to recognise it by taking stock of their own bedrooms habits.
"No coffee after lunch, no devices for an hour before bed," she said.
"Finding ways to calm myself down after training at night, whether it's meditating or deep breathing."
"Then when I go to bed I'm going to bed; not to watch TV or work, study in bed, everything but sleep.
"It seems like I really simple thing, but it's not when you have habits like I had."
Australian Associated Press
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