Sleep Deprivation Cited as Biggest Issue Without a Solution in the NBA
Across any sport, sleep is the number one most underrated facet of training or exercise.
Key for recovery and integral in making sure professional athletes are performing at the highest level, many NBA players and executives have cited lack of sleep as the league’s “biggest issue without a solution”. Another source claimed sleep deprivation to be “the dirty little secret that everybody knows about” in a detailed piece written by ESPN’s Baxter Holmes.
NBA players are tasked with playing 82 games in under six months, while flying up to 50,000 miles per season, a sum good enough to fly around the world twice over.
“You ask anybody in the room, the thing I talk about is sleep,” said Philadelphia 76ers star Tobias Harris, who actively tries to get up to nine hours of sleep a day. “I think in a couple years, [sleep deprivation] will be an issue that’s talked about, like the NFL with concussions.”
Testosterone levels are temporarily lowered when athletes are subjected to a lack of sleep, therefore negatively affecting their performance while increasing the risk of injury.