More and more high school teams seem to be prioritizing sleep, with some coaches asking players to track the amount of sleep they’re getting each night.
A 2014 NSF Sleep in America poll indicated that more than half of the 15- to 17-year-olds surveyed got seven hours or less of sleep every night. Now, high schools are experimenting with remedies for students’ sleep deprivation, including midday naps.
Not every coach has the option of offering day-time naps to his players, but Sandhya Kumar, M.D., an assistant professor of neurology at the Office of Women in Medicine and Science at Wake Forest University, has some practical advice for players who are struggling to get proper sleep at night.
Ditch devices, like smartphones and computers, before heading to bed. “The LED blue light that emanates from the gadgets prevents a good night’s sleep,” she says.
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