Nov 15, 2012 3:08 AM GMT
And after sleep specialists visited the Jets earlier this year, linebacker Bryan Thomas said the team has made an extreme effort to make sure everyone is sleeping properly. This includes pre-setting all temperatures in the team hotel rooms to the sleep-therapy recommended 68 degrees and recommending players sleep in pitch-black rooms.
Baltimore head coach John Harbaugh, Jim's brother, has begun to take measures to combat jetlag on long trips: Before the Ravens fly west to play San Diego on Nov. 25, their plan is to stay at home but simply start practices and meetings later until they are operating on West Coast-time while in Baltimore.
Football teams that want their players to sleep like teenagers before games aren't an exotic species—bed checks may be as old as the sport itself. Ultimately, though, each player has been left alone to devise their own sleep strategy—and the result is a hodgepodge of theories.
Jets backup quarterback Greg McElroy said he heard about a study in which people under 25 years old operate best on nine hours and 15 minutes of sleep. He noted that that's basically impossible with an NFL schedule. "I don't know if I'll ever have the time to sleep 9:15," McElroy said.