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The Value of Wearables at Work–Who Sees the Data?

Corporate wellness programs are nothing new. Ideally, they are a win-win scenario for all parties involved. Healthy people live better lives, and healthy workers make for better employees. According to a 2015 survey from Fidelity and the National Business Group on Health, employers spent an average of $693 per worker on wellness-based incentives, up from…

Behind the Scenes With an NBA Performance Coach

“As a young performance coach, I started off doing it out of the back of my trunk, traveling from park to park, gym to gym, just trying to get as much experience as I could. I never thought I’d ever be doing anything like this. I’m tremendously excited and blessed to be in the position…

Effect of Sleep Loss on Performance: Working Under the Influence (WUI?)

Productivity: the cornerstone of capitalist America.  But how do we achieve that magical state? That optimal flow where deadlines are met, schedules grind forward at ever-increasing pace, and you’re staying on top of the competition? The answer, most often, seems to require cutting corners on sleep. The average working American spends 9am-5pm at a job…

The WHOOP Approach to Measuring Sleep

The Technology WHOOP measures blood flow using a technology called Photoplethysmography (PPG). There are LEDs (light-emitting diodes) on the bottom of the strap that shine light into your skin, which is full of tiny capillaries. Blood in the capillaries absorbs more of the light than the tissue surrounding it. Specifically, the hemoglobins in blood absorb…

Fact or Fiction: Does Exercise Close to Bedtime Harm Sleep Quality?

Introduction If you turn to the Internet for advice about improving sleep quality, you will find near- consensus on the evils of late-night high-intensity exercise, but can you believe everything you read on the internet? By their very natures, exercise and sleep demand opposite responses from our bodies; exercise raises body temperature while natural sleep…

New Labor Deals in Pro Sports Reflect Need for Rest and Recovery

Last month, both Major League Baseball and the National Basketball Association negotiated new collective bargaining agreements with their respective players associations. Notable changes to MLB’s labor deal include shortening players’ minimum stints on the disabled list from 15 days to 10 days, and eliminating the rule that awarded home-field advantage in the World Series to…

Sleep and Recovery Have Helped Make Tom Brady the Greatest Quarterback Ever

Sixteen years ago, the New England Patriots finished in last place with a 5-11 record. The following season, a 24-year-old backup quarterback and former 6th-round draft pick helped guide the Patriots to their first Super Bowl title in franchise history (pictured below). After making his NFL starting debut on September 30, 2001, Tom Brady has…

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