A report from The Wall Street Journal examines the measures college football coaches are taking to ensure players get enough rest.
College coaches have long known about the benefits of a well-rested team. A 2010 study by Stanford University’s Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine found that players on the Cardinal football team who attempted to sleep for 10 hours per night saw improvements in their 20-yard shuttle and 40-yard dash times. They also reported improvements to their daytime energy levels and mood and reduced daytime fatigue.
But there are signs that college football is now waking up to a problem that has long perplexed parents, teachers and academics across the country: How to manage the bizarre sleeping patterns of college students today.