We're approaching finals weekend at the US Open and it's crunch time. How can a Federer, a Williams, or a Nadal get an edge over the competition? Well, more talent and more skill help... but we're here to talk about sleep.
Research shows that getting more sleep can lead to better performance. Cheri Mah et al, working out of Stanford University, have even shown that extending sleep in collegiate tennis athletes will lead to specific improvements in their game.
Athletes were measured on their normal routine and were then asked to extend sleep to 10 hours per night (and unlike most of us - college tennis players have no problems sleeping this long!). The results were striking:
The improvement in serve accuracy was striking - a 23% improvement in hitting accuracy - that could easily provide the extra juice for a US Open win.
The moral: get enough sleep - get an edge. But there's more to it than that. These results are not specific to tennis. Mah's group has shown such improvements in
For those of us who aren't pro athletes, it's pretty clear that even the Average Joe would be better off with more sleep.
Now, if only it were that easy...
Steve (ZQ: 100) is our resident Research Scientist, working to help people understand the science behind Zeo, as well as the science of sleep. He is one of the driving forces behind our Sleep Research Center.