More Sleep Means Better Performance for Athletes

Erik Malinowski

More than tweaking nutrition or adjusting a workout regimen, there’s something more tangible and important that athletes (as well as perhaps we regular folk) can do to improve their performance: sleep more.

Researchers at Stanford University took 11 players from its men’s basketball squad and gave them a simple directive: Get at least 10 hours of sleep a night. Historically, we’ve always been told that eight hours of sleep a night is sufficient for a productive work day, whether your office is surrounded by cubicle walls or thousands of cheering fans.

But after studying the performance of the Stanford athletes both before and after the mandated sleep requirements, it seems that we may be undercutting that eight-hour figure by at least a few winks.

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