College athletes who skimp on sleep may be increasing their risk for injury, according to a small study by University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers. Other studies show poorer performance, higher illness risk and impaired well-being in athletes.
Investigators reviewed injuries among 19 male basketball players during two consecutive seasons and collected well-being variables related to sleep, subjective well-being, training load, fatigue, soreness and sleep duration. Data analysis showed that shorter sleep time was associated with more injuries, independent of training load and subjective well-being.
The study appeared in the Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine (2020; 8 ).
See also: More Sleep Leads to Better Performance
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