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Sleep deprivation in the NBA

IT'S THE AFTERNOON of Feb. 26, during a three-games-in-four-nights stretch, and Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside is on a roll. Tomorrow night, his Heat will host the Golden State Warriors, then fly to Houston to face the Rockets on Feb. 28. But now he's rattling off what time the Warriors game will end (10 p.m.), when they'll board their flight (11:30 or later), when they'll land in Houston (2 a.m.) and arrive at the hotel -- he figures it'll be 3 -- before playing the Rockets later that day. "And that's just what we've got tomorrow," he says.
Fatigue has long been a reality of life in the NBA, a league with teams that play 82 games in under six months and fly up to 50,000 miles per season -- roughly 20,000 more miles each season than NFL teams and far enough to circle the globe twice. Over the 2018-19 season, the average NBA team played every 2.07 days, had 13.3 back-to-back sets and flew the equivalent of 250 miles a day for 25 straight weeks.
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Go Dees  
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Still plenty of time for the nba night life but tinder has helped

Gee hard to feel sorry for dudes earning that much cash

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A very good read!

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Yinka Dare  
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They fly in private luxury jets right? Team doctor can give sleep meds

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I would gladly swap my job with anyone of them. These people are set for life playing the sport they love, and still whinging. lol

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My heart bleeds.

It's hard to get sleep when you're banging a new broad in each city you visit.

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I didn't think you were into women PW..

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Since when did the NBA become a league of whiners

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Have they tried reading one of Dazz's posts?

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James Harvey fan  
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LOL. Dazz's nonsense is prescribed where Ambien fails

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They should watch Shane Heal and 'the Basketball Show'....that will put them to sleep.

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I think this is an increased focus as each team looks for any 1% boost it can get. I don't think they're complaining about their broader lifestyle but about impacts on their on-court performance.

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Every team is dealing with the same thing so its a level playing field.

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I would have thought they'd still get decent sleep because with an evening start mostly, video session/shoot-around wouldn't be until that afternoon. Would think they would get an after midday start for back to back's.

And I don't think time zone difference is an issue. Back to back games and even games 2 days later are mostly on the same or very similar time-zone.

Personally think Super Rugby is one of the most physically demanding competitions in the world. It's played across so many different time zones/large travel.

Imagine travelling 30 hours from NZ to JBurg to play at 1700m elevation, then flying another 30 hours back to NZ and playing there 7 days later, then having to travel back to Jburg for another 30 hours for a game 6 days later. 12 hours time-difference too. And your body is still sore 4/5 days after each game. Painful.

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In Kobe's (really, really overrated, overpriced) Mamba Mentality book he (paraphrasing here) wrote "I want to fit in all my training, as well as my family stuff so something has to give, and I choose to sacrifice sleep". Claims he only needs a few hours, then tops it up with short power naps in his car between workouts.

Either he's super human or deliberately giving bad advice to ensure no one else can touch his accomplishments lol.

He could also have that hyper focus/awareness/drive that the greats have.

Or Vanessa's brain game so strong that he sleeps soundly after 5 hours instead of 9.

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Some people can function well on less sleep, so it was probably a competitive advantage for him.

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This should help with anyone not being able to fall asleep

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Man I can't believe this shit. They sleep anywhere anytime. They would walk onto their private plane and sleep.
They wouldn't have to worry about bags n shit they would go to their hotel and root for their teams. ;)
Nothing to see here.

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6 months and 50.000 miles is about 400 miles per day over 5 days. Tough gig,

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