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Sounding the Alarm: Athletic and Academic Performances Improve With Improved Sleep Habits

By Daniel Huss, 08/06/19, 8:15PM CDT

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While there hasn't been a lot of research involving student-athlete sleep patterns, it's generally accepted that athletic and academic performances improve with improved sleep habits.

A slide presented at a recent Nike-sponsored Boulder Running Camp included the subhead: “Sleep – The most powerful, legal, performance enhancer ever known.”

The slide itself featured a bar graph that connected poor sleep with the likelihood of injuries (injury rates nearly double when athletes get six hours of sleep as opposed to eight).