The athletic-wear wizards at Under Armour in Locust Point are really doubling down on wearable technology lately. The most recent news from the company arrived today with the announcement of its muscle recovery-aiding sleepwear made just for athletes.
Last night was one of those miserable toss-and-turn insomnia nights for me. And it was miserable. Somewhere in the midst of my sleepless misery, I started to wonder what the inside of my brain looked like. (I imagined lots of small firecrackers flicking on and off, with a low, irritating whine going constantly in the background. What can I say? I was very sleep-deprived.)
It’s almost as if Johns Hopkins researchers read my tired mind: According to research published in the March issue of the journal Sleep, they’ve figured out what makes the brains of chronic insomniacs so special, and it turns out I wasn’t that far off.
Sometimes — like, say, when you’ve had a fight with your significant other — hermaphrodite life seems like the way to go. Back in the day, nematodes (aka roundworms) reproduced through male-female mating, but it didn’t take them long, evolutionarily speaking, to get over that; nowadays, they self-fertilize. Sounds very neat and uncomplicated — except that self-fertilization creates its own set of problems, according to recent research out of the University of Maryland.
After that heartbreaking near-miss in the playoffs last season, the Ravens are “turning over every stone, looking at everything in our program, to find any way to get better,” says coach John Harbaugh. Cue a cute montage of Joe Flacco & co. lifting weights, sprinting down the field, wearing leggings and doing yoga… and sleeping?
For years, coaches have been working with the idea that what players do off the field has a huge impact on their performance on the field — hence diet and scheduling tweaks. Combine that with the fact that it’s easier to do your job (even if your job is to knock over 300-pound Steelers) when you’re well-rested, and you get the Ravens’ possible new sleep schedule. After considering sleep studies by the U.S. military, Harbaugh is paying new attention to how his players rest up — and it might make all the difference.