Sleep Like a Champion

I started to study sleep more than 40 years ago. As a psychology professor at a major university I saw that college students in my large (2,000 student) introductory psychology course had a constant struggle with sleep deprivation—and it wasn’t simply because of my lectures!

From puberty until the mid-20’s, you need 9 ¼ hours of sleep every night to be fully alert, yet often manage only 6 or

Derian Hatcher

Derian Hatcher

7hours. This results in significant deleterious effects on cognitive performance. I learned that better sleep hygiene could play a pivotal role in enhancing academic performance, so I started developing lectures and written materials for sleep education. Since many of my students were scholar-athletes, I started working with teams and individuals striving to become better at their sport. The results of paying attention to sleep were immediate and profound.  We gave seminars to athletes from basketball to hockey, lacrosse, wrestling and field hockey and started to see vast improvement in energy level, reaction time and recovery from injury. As our research expanded across sports, skill levels and age groups (from middle school to professional athletes), we realized that our message needed to be disseminated widely. We had already published three very successful sleep books for general audiences (Power Sleep, Sleep for Success and Remmy and the Brain Train). It became apparent to us that a short, easy to read book focused on athletes and sleep would be of considerable value. Thus,  Sleep to Win!

There are no other research-based books on the market that explicate the relationship between sleep and athletic performance. We are all well aware of the importance of nutrition and exercise in sports performance, but few athletes know anything about the science of sleep and how it impacts athletic ability. Anyone who wants to become a better athlete and have a competitive edge needs to read our book.

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