Grant To Enhance UA Sleep Research For Student-Athletes

By Matthew Kling
Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 5:05am
Updated: Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 11:10am
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Getting enough sleep is tough for student-athletes in college. Tighter schedules, lower academic performance and poorer mental health have all been named as contributing factors to sleep deficits. It's an issue that the University of Arizona is trying to tackle.

Michael Grandner is the director of the Sleep Health Research Program at the UA College of Medicine - Tucson. He is one of the developers of the ProjectREST program, which stands for Recovery Enhancement and Sleep Training. The program goes beyond traditional sleep tracking.

"What we’re trying to do is to take that to another level," Grandner said, "and use what we know from behavior trained science to augment the tracking to help do more than just tracking alone."

The program uses education, support and motivational programs to also help improve sleep time. 

According to Grandner, UA student-athletes enrolled in the program have gained over an hour a sleep per night, and reduced their insomnia symptoms by 40 percent and improved their sleep quality by about 20 percent.

The NCAA awarded the university a $25,000 grant to enhance the program. Grandner says the grant will help add online tools to the project.