Jets bring in sleep therapist ahead of trip to London

The Jets are doing some prep work as their transatlantic trek to London nears.

According to ESPNNewYork’s Rich Cimini, the Jets brought in a sleep therapist on Monday to consult with the players and offer tips, such as getting “extra sleep over the next few days, cutting down on caffeine, etc.”

The team, per Cimini, will practice in full on Tuesday and Wednesday before leaving for London on Thursday night. They’ll then have a “light practice” Friday. Two days later, they’ll meet the Dolphins at Wembley Stadium at 9:30 a.m. ET, marking the first time Gang Green has played overseas since 2003.

“It’s not like going to an away game, because the time change is such a difference for you,” coach Todd Bowles said. “You have to prepare for these things a lot in the spring. No matter how you prepare for them, the sleeping and the sleep you get and the time you play is going to be a little different. I don’t think anybody is going to adjust full time. You get as much knowledge as you can. You get all the practice time in that you can to make sure they know what they’re doing and you move on.”

Unlike the Dolphins — who are already familiar with London, having played there last season — New York’s players have to adjust to the five-hour time difference and early morning game. This requires an alteration of both body and mind, which, to say, isn’t a preference of some of the veteran guys.

“I love the 1 o’clock game and getting home and eating food from the crock pot and doing all that — but I think it’s exciting, too,” quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick said. “I think guys think it’s cool to go over there. It will be a unique experience for all of us and hopefully bring the team together even more.”

“It’s weird,” linebacker Erin Henderson said. “It’s weird the way a professional athlete’s body works. It knows when it’s time to go.”

Like it or not, this is a game the Jets have to play — and play well in. They’re going up against a bitter divisional foe that’s facing intense criticism, still reeling from their embarrassing loss in last week’s home opener. The 1-2 Dolphins, aside from saving their season, want nothing more than to make it a loooong flight home for Bowles’s bunch.

Zack Kelberman
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