As an aspiring athlete, getting plenty of sleep is just as important as staying in game shape and being prepared for a game. The University of Tennessee is taking the sleep aspect very seriously this year and has actually hired people to train its football players how to sleep better at night, primarily by having the players sleep with sensors on their mattresses that track how long they sleep, how long it takes to fall asleep, how “restful” the sleep is, etc.
“It’s all about investing in our players and investing in them reaching their full potential,” head coach Butch Jones said. “That’s all part of our sports science in having sleep coaches and sleep monitors and making sure they get the nine hours that they need. It’s about educating them on how you go to bed at night and how you fall asleep.”
So far, it seems that Vols’ players are getting into the new coaching they are receiving away from the field.
“The sleep detector is really cool,” said offensive lineman Jashon Robertson. “I’ve enjoyed the benefits of it. It has been a really big help with my sleeping habits. We have our own sleep coach and he keeps up with me daily. He checks to see if I’m getting my naps and the proper amounts of sleep.”
Players have also begun using a special kind of glasses an hour before going to sleep that blocks out light from phones, television and other electronics, as all have proven to affect how much sleep one gets.
Long story short, with his team well rested and fresh for each and every game, Coach Jones should look forward to another improved season from his players in 2015.
Tennessee opens the season at home against Bowling Green on September 5.
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