The Science of Sleep

It’s amazing to see how the discipline of sports science has impacted sports over the last decade (LINK). Professional and college teams are now investing heavily in nutrition, biomechanics, sports psychology, and innovative approaches to sports medicine. A consistent theme that’s emerged has been the importance of sleep and just how much a sleep deficit can hinder an athlete’s performance. I spoke recently with an NBA assistant coach whose organization is at the forefront of sports science. He recently consulted with several of their performance advisors and asked them what one aspect they deem to be the most important. Their answer was unanimous: An athlete’s daily sleep reaching 10 hours a day. Many professional teams have even added a “Sleep Room” to their facility (see below). The article linked below doesn’t tell you anything you haven’t heard, but does highlight a couple of concepts that should be on your mind. This is also a great article to pass along to your players about the importance of sleep.

“I think these findings are just one example of lack of sleep harming one’s performance,” Jones tells me. “We’ve all had the experience of being groggy after insufficient sleep. Being groggy will hurt your ability to make quick, precise moves on the basketball court, and I believe it will hurt your ability to make quick, smart decisions in any context where you are trying to perform your best.”


For more on sleep:
-Boston Red Sox unveil new sleep room in team clubhouse (LINK)
-Players aren’t the only ones who need more sleep, Steve Clifford says (LINK)
-College football wakes up to a new statistic: Sleep (LINK)
-The power of sleep (LINK)

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