Jeff Kahn of Rise Science on Helping Pro Athletes Sleep More and Play Better

Colin Keeley

Jeff Kahn is a cofounder and CEO of Rise Science, a sleep behavior change startup that provides sleep coaching for elite athletes. They harness the science behind sleep, and give elite athletes the power to perform at their best with the help of continuous, personalized insights, guidance and feedback.

Rise Science is currently working with many major sports organizations like the Chicago Bulls, Jacksonville Jaguars, Miami Dolphins, West Virginia Mountaineers, and Tennessee Volunteers. Jeff's research and work has been featured in the NY Times, ESPN and the Wall Street Journal.

In this episode, they talk about a wide range of topics, including how the idea for Rise Science came about, what the first version of their sleep tracking looked like, and how to determine how much sleep you personally need. Additionally, they compare different sleep tracking tools, talk about how you can improve sleep, and whether or not morning and night people exist. Plus, the discuss the compliance rate with professional players, why they sell the players on sleep tracking and not the coaches, what kind of performance improvements teams are seeing, what the ideal nap looks like, the most common sleep mistakes athletes make, how do justify $80-100k a year to GMs of professional teams, and what Jeff’s sleep habits look like.

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Colin Keeley is the founder and host of Tech In Chicago, an independent podcast with interviews from Chicago’s top startup founders and venture capitalists.