Jet Lag (a Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorder) found to affect baseball players

The Washington Post has an interesting article recently posted.  They report on a study published at Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences titled  “How jet lag impairs Major League Baseball performance“.   In their analysis of 20 years of baseball games, the authors of the study found that, due when suffering from acute jet lag

players performed worse on average, most notably base-runners and pitchers.

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Teams suffering from jet lag gave up more runs, an average of an extra .197 runs at home and .162 away per game.

Pitchers, in particular, suffered from eastward travel. They tended to give up an additional .107 (at home) or .073 (away) home runs during each game.

The take home point is that a sleep disorder can affect many aspects of life, including some we do not ordinarily consider.  Obtaining a proper amount of sleep is important and without many things can suffer, including your favorite baseball team.  At Center for Sleep Medicine, we can help you overcome a circadian rhythm sleep disorder, such as shift work sleep disorder or delayed sleep phase syndrome (where one is a “night owl” and therefore can’t obtain enough sleep before work)