Hitting the Sack: Sleep Cycles Can Affect Athletes’ Performance
Should coaches factor in an athlete’s bedtime when putting together the team roster? In a study out this week in Current Biology, researchers found that an athlete’s performance can vary throughout the day by up to 26 percent. The timing of peak performance depended on the individual’s body clock. Roland Brandstaetter, a co-author on the study, discusses how this research could be used in training schedules, and makes a prediction for this year’s Super Bowl.
Roland Brandstaetter is a senior lecturer in biosciences at the University of Birmingham in Birmingham, England.