DJ Khaled saves the day.
DJ Khaled saves the day.
When the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos take to the gridiron on Sunday for Super Bowl 50, that accomplishment alone will have been more than a sum of passing yards and field goal accuracy. The season itself is a war of attrition. Staying on the active roster is a 24-hour-a-day undertaking involving workouts, sleep and nutrition. Today in our three-part series, we’re sleeping it off.
Regeneration takes a lot of forms these days: cryotherapy, anti-inflammatory foods andrecovery-focused workouts. For too long, sleep, our daily recovery ritual, was overlooked by professional sports teams. “We pay so much attention to things like nutrition, stretching and athletic performance, but when athletes leave the training center and go home at night, we ignore them until they come back the next morning,” says W. Christopher Winter, MD, a neurologist and sleep specialist based in Charlottesville, Virginia. He’s been the go-to sleep guy for dozens of baseball, basketball, hockey and football teams, and now works with the Baltimore Ravens.
More sleep is not always an easy sell. “There’s still a sleep martyr mentality among some of the older coaches who think if you’re sleeping, you’re not working that hard,” Winter says. “We need to create a culture where players can talk to their trainers if they’re not sleeping well and it’s treated like a hurt ankle.”
Some of the expertise he provides is fairly basic. For instance, drinking a six-pack before bed or staying up all night playing video games is bad for sleep. But then things get fun. For instance, circadian rhythm changes as a person ages. Compared with their rookie counterparts who peak later in the evening, older people’s energy peaks in the afternoon or early evening. “Cam Newton is very young, Peyton Manning is super old,” Winter says. “If I were working with Manning, I’d want to determine Peyton’s rhythm and use the two weeks prior to the game to get him read for the later timing. That and the longer timing–the game is usually longer than a typical NFL game–as well as the new time zone. That’s when you can use things such as lighting or exercise to help adjust his circadian sweet spot.”
And it’s not just first-string quarterbacks who need to take this seriously. “There are guys who come into the league from college, abusing their bodies and staying up all night,” Winter says. “If you don’t get your nutrition and sleep together, you’ll be a guy who comes and goes and no one remembers you.”
Winter has advice for us amateurs, too: Just as he recommends teams hold practices and scrimmages during the same time of day they play games, people should train at advantageous times. For instance, if you’re training for a triathlon and race start is 6 a.m., don’t schedule all your swims after work. Like a team on the road, time zones can mess up your sleep and performance. Figure it’ll take you 24 hours to adjust to every time zone you cross. A few days before travel, start adjusting your bed- and wake-up time to your destination to blunt the effects of jet lag. And if your age is closer to Peyton Manning’s than Cam Newton, schedule big meetings earlier in the day, when you’re at your best.
For two weeks, Livestock Toronto’s Spadina location will be hosting a pop-up exhibition with Nike to celebrate NBA All-Star Weekend. Livestock has used the installation as a platform to commemorate the vitality of the Nike Air Force 1. The pop-up highlights some of the model’s most important renditions and material stories, including luxurious Italian-leathered Lows, […]
Young Thug has released his new mixtape. It’s titled I’m Up, but the cover says Slime Season 3, which you can see above. The project features the previously shared Boosie tribute "F Cancer (Boosie)." It also includes two features from Lil Durk, one from Migos’ Quavo, and another from Migos’ Offset. Listen to it on Apple Music here, and check out the tracklisting below.
The mixtape was originally called Slime Season 3. As Slime Season 3, it was intended as the follow-up to last September’s Slime Season mixtape and November’s Slime Season 2. Following an apparent Twitter feud with Future, however, Thug announced the album’s title changed to I’m Up.
Read our article "Chaos Theory: The Glorious Unpredictability of Young Thug".
01 F Cancer (Boosie) [ft. Quavo]
02 My Boys [ft. Trouble, Ralo and Lil Durk]
03 For My People [ft. Duke]
04 King TROUP
05 Ridin [ft. Lil Durk]
07 Special [ft. Offset and Solo Lucci]
08 Bread Winners [ft. Young Butta]
09 Family [ft. Dora and Dolly]
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Nike is back with a new Flyknit Racer delivery that should look fairly similar. The pair mimics the first-ever release that arrived back in 2012 in conjunction with the Summer Olympics in London. The “Blue Glow” drop boasts a blue Flyknit upper with bright green accents, all resting atop a contrasting white midsole, which in […]
Toronto’s Northern Lights theme may be one of the best in recent All-Star history as it pertains to sneakers. It has, essentially, brought forth a unique array of tones we’ve never seen on some of our favorite silhouettes, including the Nike Air Foamposite One. Vindicated today with a release date of February 12, the Nike […]
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For the past few years, any Public School runway showcase is the topic of discussion at that particular fashion week presentation. The same holds true for this year’s New York Fashion Week showcase, in which Maxwell Osbourne and Dao Yi Chow again captivated the crowd with their unrivaled matrimony of sporting and streetwear. Among the […]
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Hands In The Air. It’s been a year since Jacka was fatally gunned down in his Oakland hometown. Freeway pays homage to his former rhyme partner with a video shot in his old stomping grounds.
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Have you ever looked at something and had no earthy idea what it is, but kind of think it’s dope?! Well, that was my exact sentiment when I first spotted the Nike Swoosh Hunter. Featuring a futuristic makeup with its towering construction, this model seemed to be a hybrid of both a football model and a […]
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Of the many region-specific traditions that shape each town, city and state, Tampa’s annual Gasparilla Pirate Festival is one of the more intriguing: a celebratory time that honors mythical figure José Gaspar, a pirate who took residence in the area in the early 1900’s. Using this tall tale for inspiration, Skate Park of Tampa joins forces […]
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During his tumultuous Waves promo run, Kanye West has been making a ton of noise on Twitter thus far. Continuing the campaign, tonight Kanye tweeted an image of himself with the caption “ROLLING STONE SHOT BY TYLER THE CREATOR.” Though the “does he like mustard?” subheading seemed a little strange (though not off for Tyler […]