The University of Arizona tandem of Dr. Amy B. Athey and Dr. Michael Grandner are one of four research teams across the country that will receive funding to perform studies designed to enhance student-athletes’ psychosocial well-being and mental health, reports ArizonaWildcats.com.
The Arizona team will focus on promoting healthy sleep and circadian rhythms in student-athletes.
As part of this project, Dr. Athey and Dr. Grandner will study how student-athletes sleep, and how their sleep is related to their levels of stress, social interactions, and physical and mental well-being. They will then take a subset of those students and enroll them in a program that will attempt to help them get better sleep at night by helping to solve sleep problems. This program will also test whether adding sleep-tracking technology and special lighting can help improve sleep and boost mental well-being.