Athletes' Sleep Cycles Could Decide The Super Bowl
A new study suggests that an athlete's sleep cycle has a big effect on performance. What are the implications for the Super Bowl?By Ben Lawson | January 30, 2015
The Super Bowl is the biggest American sporting event of the year, and you can bet coaches Bill Belichick and Pete Carroll are going to need all the help they can get to win it.
But according to some scientists, the key to success might have been found across the pond — at ye olde University of Birmingham, where two researchers concluded that an athlete's sleep cycle has a major effect on performance.
Their study is called "The Impact of Circadian Phenotype and Time since Awakening on Diurnal Performance in Athletes" and, if that sounds a little complicated, its conclusion really isn't: Don't sleep on sleep when it comes to athletic performance.