Sleep has been called the “magic pill” for improved athletic performance.
Courtesy Oakland Raiders
Performance around the clock
More elite athletes are starting to focus on sleep as a path to succeed on the field. The Oakland Raiders just hired a new coach who has pledged to implement a new “24-hour Performance System” which will make sleep another important part of the player’s workout. The Raiders’ new Strength and Conditioning coach, Joe Gomes, is hoping a better “healing environment” will help injured players come back faster, and healthy players perform better on the field. He told the San Francisco Chronicle “The two biggest areas you can typically impact would be your recovery component and then your nutrition component. And if you just upgrade those areas, what you’ll find is that no matter what training they’re doing, you have already improved the level at which they can adapt to that.” Oakland has struggled the last few seasons, but if Gomes is right then perhaps Raiders fans can sleep a little better too.
Teen athletes need more sleep to stay healthy
Not just adult athletes need to rack up Zs along with TDs. A recent study found teenagers who got a good night sleep (8+ hours) were 68% less likely to sustain an injury while playing sports. The American Academy of Pediatrics said that the hours of sleep a night was a more important indicator of whether the teen might get injured than the hours spent on the playing field or hours spent weight training. They also found the older a teen athlete gets, the more sleep they need.
The research is piling up. Whether you are a star running back or aspire to be one in your athletic future, sleep does more than help you heal. Sleep helps you succeed.
We don’t usually need an excuse to celebrate around here, but Earth Day is one of our fave holidays. A lot of thought and effort went into making Somnium as green as is possible, so we like to take this annual opportunity to toot our (sustainably manufactured) horn.
Every day, thousands of mattresses end their useful life in America’s landfills. Taking up a whopping 35 cubic feet per queen-sized mattress, redundant metal coil mattresses are one household item that is notoriously difficult to recycle thanks to the innersprings, a heavyweight and complicated design that make them extraordinarily tricky to deconstruct. Many end up on the street. In California, there’s even a Tumblr to mourn the fallen.
Somnium = Green By Design
Somnium disposes of all such complications. The mattress boasts impressive environmental credentials: removable and washable Oekotex-certified covers, bio foam made using renewable soy, and inherently flame retardant materials. And don’t forget: we don’t use any harmful chemicals, dyestuffs, or heavy metals,
Somnium mattresses are 100 percent recyclable and/or repurposable: The removable cover can simply be slipped off so all the fibers can be recycled. The highly-resilient foam and the patented elastomer innersprings can be easily separated and repurposed into anything from insulation to exercise mats to kid’s toys.
When the time comes to move on to your next Somnium mattress, we will take your old one away with us for recycling. You can be assured your old mattress will have a full, second life after you.
Now that’s something to celebrate!
Your teenager might not be playing you. He or she might actually need a bit more time in bed.
The National Sleep Foundation has upped its guidance for the amount of sleep needed for teens to between 8 and 10 hours a night. They also increased the range for younger children (see chart below). The major new study was conducted by not just sleep experts, but a wide range of specialists like psychiatrists, gynecologists and pediatricians.
A new range has been added, called “may be appropriate”, to acknowledge that some people might actually need more quality time with their Somnium. In order to figure out exactly how much sleep you need, the NSF recommend you answer these questions:
- Are you productive, healthy and happy on seven hours of sleep? Or does it take you nine hours of quality ZZZs to get you into high gear?
- Do you have health issues such as being overweight? Are you at risk for any disease?
- Are you experiencing sleep problems ?
- Do you depend on caffeine to get you through the day?
- Do you feel sleepy when driving ?
The single most important question to consider, according to the NSF, is: do you make sleep a priority? It should be. You need to consider it at the top of your to-do list every day, and not just another task to complete after you have watched “Scandal” or cleaned the bathroom.
If you’ll excuse me, I’m going to do some very important work now. Wake me up in 7 to 9 hours.
We once knew a Division I volleyball coach who said: “Legs pay the bills.”
In between countless sets of squats, leg extensions and leg sled reps lied the key to success… along with hours of running, jump roping and sprinting.
There’s no doubt that resistance training and aerobic exercise are very important factors in an athlete’s physical performance. Who doesn’t love the weight room, the suicide sprints and the tailored diets? They work.
Left out of that equation: the role of sleep. Continue reading
One of England’s top soccer clubs is incorporating sleep science in their new $300 million training facility.
In an article published this past week by United Kingdom-based newspaper The Daily Mail, Manchester-based club Manchester City took a reporter for a tour of the facilities, which included a visit to the club’s high-tech sleeping quarters.
“I think this is one of the best, if not the best, facility in the world,” said Patrick Viera, a former Premier League star who now runs his former employer’s elite development program.