Sep 14, 2013; Evanston, IL, USA; Northwestern Wildcats running back Warren Long (34) runs with the ball against Western Michigan Broncos cornerback Donald Celiscar (34) during the fourth quarter at Ryan Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Northwestern football players wear sensors to monitor sleep

Remember his days of being constantly fatigued, former Northwestern Wildcats wide receiver Zeke Markshausen took time this off-season to help launch an interesting study about the sleeping habits of Wildcat footballs players. Sleep is at a premium for just about everyone in college, but being not being properly rested is extremely problematic for athletes expected to perform both in the classroom and on the field.

So what did the study, lead by graduate student Jeff Kahn and undergraduate student Jacob Kelter, find?

Well, it turns out freshman on the Northwestern team aren’t quite getting enough rest, at least compared to the seniors. Whereas seniors averaged 9 hours and 19 minutes of sleep each night (a midday nap included), freshman averaged only 7 hours and 20 minutes. For the best possible performance on the football field, that’s certainly not enough rest.

Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald offered some insight into what inspired the study:

Instead of making it a Big Brother thing, we made it a performance aspect they can use as a tool to prepare. Anything we can do to maximize performance on the field and in the classroom is a positive thing (Chicago Tribune).

The Northwestern Wildcats, presumably very rested, will be taking on the Maine Black Bears this weekend.

[Source: Chicago Tribune]

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