Tennessee hopes catching more ZZZ’s turns into more W’s

Butch Jones hopes his players get plenty of sleep every night. (Getty Images)

Butch Jones hopes his players get plenty of sleep every night. (Getty Images)

Your mom always told you to get plenty of rest.

They’re taking that seriously at Tennessee.

Rise Science, a Chicago-based company, is helping the Volunteers sleep longer and better, which they hope will translate into better practices and performance in games.

“Look at any college student — the two things they struggle with are time management and sleep,” coach Butch Jones told The Associated Press. “To be able to perform at a high level, you need your sleep, you need nine hours every day, you need to sleep in 68-degree room temperatures, all those things that we’re constantly stressing with our players.”

From the article:

“Rise Science officials cite studies showing that players sleeping more than eight hours per night were 50 percent more likely to play error-free throughout an entire practice, and high school athletes sleeping at least eight hours per night were 70 percent less likely to get injured. They say an extra 30-90 minutes of sleep per night can increase reaction time by 10 percent. Other studies show increased sleep leads to higher field goal accuracy, better weight training and faster sprint times.”

Tennessee is the first FBS team to try this out and paid a discounted rate of around $30,000 to Rise Science.

With five ranked teams on their schedule, the Volunteers might need all the help they can get.


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