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Celtics Morning Joe: Stevens talks about sleeping pattern

Posted by shawn cassidy on October 6, 2013 at 5:00 AM

Who get's 8 hours of sleep every night? I know I don't, maybe 6 is the highest I'll see. Everyone has different sleep needs,but I'm sure it doesn't hurt getting the right amount for your body. We spend about one-third of our lives asleep, and I wish I could have that back. As for the head coach of the Boston Celtics, he gets exactly what he needs. For him enough sleep is key for his success.

ESPN Boston

"I've been good, I sleep at night," said Stevens. "I’m not one of those coaches that can go two hours then wake up and be back in it. I’ll have a couple nights that I won’t sleep. As we get closer to the season, I’ll probably be waking up with thoughts on my mind, and when I wake up, I’ll be up. [But] I’m not a 2 a.m. to 4 a.m. sleeper by any means."

"I just talk to anybody I can find that might help us a little bit," said Stevens. "I talked to somebody about sleep. When I was at Butler, we had a nutrition specialist that we leaned on; we’ve got a nutritionist here that’s fantastic. We’ve got a doctor here in town that has worked with us from a sleep standpoint for a long time and that's less about, ‘Hey, mandate when guys go to bed and when they wake up.’ It's more just building a schedule. Figuring out when you travel, what you do when you’re out west and coming back, when you practice, [and] trying to get some rhythms from a sleep standpoint. It’s an imperfect deal during this NBA schedule, the way it operates. But you try to make it as good as it can be."

I can't imagine working with 2 hours of sleep every night. I've done it here and there, but as a practice. I can't do it. If your a NBA coach or player. Sleep is vital for success. Even Doc Rivers used sleep methods with his team in the past. Some sleep alone in the dark. Hiding in the shadows, in thought,  we embark in thought of our childhood dreams. In that place, one thought brightly gleams. I've grown from my childhood dreams. I have become a better man, but I didn't become a  professional sports star like I had dreamed every night when I was kid.

Dreams are great, and they can also eat away at you during a sleepless night. I can see Stevens, and many others with the Celtics, dealing with many sleepless nights.  Rondo probably losses some sleep over missed chances in his career as well. Sleep is a great tool for the body, but the process of sleeping can be an issue for the mind. 

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Reply paul
6:02 AM on October 6, 2013 
Another good piece. Sleep isn't a trivial issue, but there are many sides to it.