Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson apparently doesn’t believe in the benefits of getting those eight suggested hours of sleep a night.
“Do you think I pay attention to the sleep hours? No, I don’t pay attention,” Wilson said, via Sheil Kapadia of ESPN.com. “That’s definitely something I don’t pay attention to. I actually go the opposite way. My philosophy is that the less sleep you get — kids, don’t listen to this — the less sleep you get, in terms of as long as you’re using those sleepless hours for a purpose, I think it gives you a good chance.”
In Kapadia’s article, Wilson said he only needs about five or six hours a night.
Of course, Wilson has this tweet on repeat:
— Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) December 21, 2015
Ciara’s boyfriend did elaborate saying he does get about eight to ten hours of sleep before and after a game, and assured everyone that he isn’t using those sleepless hours playing video games or Johnny Manziel-ing around town.
And it’s not like he doesn’t take care of his body, Wilson reportedly receives ten hours worth of massages a week to keep himself tip-top. Don’t forget either about the concussion saving nano-bubble infused water he drinks.
Although many around the league and science in general are advocating the benefits of more sleep, Wilson uses another point of reference to back up his practice.
“I think about the military guys. I think about all the people that fight for our country and stuff and have to go to Afghanistan, have to go to all these places,” Wilson said. “The Navy Seals, all those kinds of stuff and all the crazy hours. The training and the focus that they have to put into critical hours and critical moments with all the pressure that’s packed into that. You think about all that, and they can still perform at a high level. That’s what I think about.”
If Wilson’s body were to break down this would be the season it would happen, with all the early season sacks he was taking thanks to a porous offensive line. But he’s still healthy, and tearing up the league to the tune to 19 touchdowns and zero interceptions in his last five games.
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