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Justin Verlander Reveals the Real Reason Behind His Success

Baseball season is in full swing, and one of the best players in the game has a not-so-secret weapon: sleep. MLB All-Star Justin Verlander, a pitcher for the Houston Astros who is known for his 90+ mile-per-hour fastballs, is now also known for being a champion sleeper. In a new interview with the New York Times, Verlander says he gets 10 hours of shut-eye a night—and sometimes more.

“I’ve always been good at listening to my body my whole career,” Verlander tells the New York Times. “I just kinda do what makes me feel good. That sounds pretty simplistic but when it really comes down to it I think it’s the best way. Your body will tell you what to do.”

Verlander relies on blackout curtains to block sleep-disrupting light. He also puts his phone on silent or airplane mode so that it doesn’t bother him at night. Teammates have taken notice, and Verlander, who the Times dubs a “sleep guru,” has become a counselor of sorts to the club.

What else can athletes—or simply workout enthusiasts—do to improve their sleep stats? We’ve rounded up our best tips from professional sports trainers and sleep experts:

Have a question you don’t see addressed here? Send us an email at sleepenlightened@saatva.com.

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Christina Heiser is the content manager at Saatva. She has held previous positions at Everyday Health, Women's Health, and L'Oréal. When she's not working, you can find Christina checking out the latest boutique fitness classes in New York City, cheering on her college basketball team (go Red Storm!), and trying new beauty and wellness trends.