In a USA Today report, Steve Weatherford explains why professional football players in the NFL sleep in a hyperbaric chamber to assist in injury recovery and better health.

Despite how futuristic sleeping in hyperbaric chamber may seem, this has actually become a common practice among many NFL players for a few years now. I have my own portable chamber in my house! The reason for why I and so many NFL players engage in sleeping these chambers is because a hyperbaric chamber reduces swelling, promotes the healing of wounds, helps fight off dangerous infections, and increases the amount of oxygen in the bloodstream.

Naturally, in a sport as physically abusive and taxing as football, hyperbaric chambers are viewed as miracle sleeping bags that can assist in not only helping improving a player’s physical conditioning, but hyperbaric chambers can also assist in the healing of injuries sustained from a game. A hyperbaric chamber works by breathing in pure oxygen in air pressure levels that are 1 to 3 times higher than average.

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