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Athletic Performance and Sleep

Athletes and Sleep

Does sleep affect atheltic performance? Sleep is essential to help the body recover and perform optimally. Sleep deprivation is common in athletes; often times athletes need more sleep than non-athletes.

The study below shows that Basketball players who extended their sleep improved in aspects of performance including speed and accuracy.

The Effects of Sleep Extension on the Athletic Performance of Collegiate Basketball Players

Here’s an article from The Atheltic on the Astros’ Josh James and his sleep apnea diagnosis:

How a sleep apnea diagnosis led to a breakout for Astros prospect Josh James

Here’s an article from The New York Times on the Astros’ Justin Verlander how sleep has kept him playing strong at 36: