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A College Football Team That Focuses on Sleep

Northwestern University football players are getting a unique lesson: how to prioritize sleep. Ever since 2013, the coaches in the football program have made sure that their student athletes are getting enough rest at night. And it all started with one man: Tory Lindley, the associate athletic director and head athletic trainer at the university. We interviewed him to find out more about this pioneering game plan. “Around that time, I was becoming more and more aware of what scientific literature said about sleep helping the body recover,” says Lindley. “And at the same time, I noticed that our first game of that season was on the West Coast, which means kickoff would be…