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The Late-Night Amateur Athlete’s Guide to Sleep

Does your sports league hold games well after sunset? Here’s how to make sure you still get your rest. Whether you’re a former college athlete who loves playing sports or someone who cares about staying fit and healthy, joining an amateur league is a great way to exercise and have fun. But since many clubs schedule games around traditional workdays, you might find yourself lacing up your sneakers as late as 10 PM. With a full daytime schedule, it’s natural to worry this could negatively impact the quality of your sleep, and therefore your energy the following morning. Follow these strategies to ensure you wake up rested and ready to go, no matter how hard…

A College Football Team That Focuses on Sleep

Northwestern University football players are getting a unique lesson: how to prioritize sleep. Ever since 2013, the coaches in the football program have made sure that their student athletes are getting enough rest at night. And it all started with one man: Tory Lindley, the associate athletic director and head athletic trainer at the university. We interviewed him to find out more about this pioneering game plan. “Around that time, I was becoming more and more aware of what scientific literature said about sleep helping the body recover,” says Lindley. “And at the same time, I noticed that our first game of that season was on the West Coast, which means kickoff would be…