Whether you’re a runner, lifter, gym rat or sports enthusiast, you probably consider yourself an athlete – through and through. Even though I can’t play due to certain circumstances, sport, physical performance, is part of my life, and I strive to compete, whether against others or myself, at my best. I’m sure you do too.
Ask any athlete, in any sport, what it takes to compete at the highest level, and you’ll likely hear training, conditioning, and practice. Of course, some might say nutrition or persistence. But rarely will you hear someone mention sleep—except for maybe the GOATS!
That’s right. The greatest of all time players—the best of the best—are where they are, standing at the highest point of the podium, not because of how much they put into the pitch, the court, or the pavement, but in the bedroom. Sleep—the quality and amount—is what separates an average athlete from an exceptional one.
Essentially, the quality and amount of sleep athletes get is often the key to winning. This is because quality sleep helps rest the mind. Just saying, being physically rested might help an athlete make the play, but being mentally rested will help that player make the right play. As such, sleep becomes a crucial pillar of success.
When it comes to athletic performance, sleep plays a huge part in:
The list could go on. More and more athletes are learning that sleep has a big impact on performance, wins, and losses.
Some of the greatest athletes known today make sleep a priority, especially before big competitions.
TOM BRADY – Football
Likes getting in 8 hours, going to bed during the season at 830pm (often before his kids) and rising at 530am.
USAIN BOLT – Track
Sleeps 8 – 10 hours per night. “Sleep is extremely important to me — I need to rest and recover in order for the training I do to be absorbed by my body”
SERENA WILLIAMS – Tennis
23 time Grand Slam tennis winner reached her tenth Wimbledon final only 10 months after giving birth which she contributes to her unwavering sleep schedule
ROGER FEDERER – Tennis
Owning an all-time record of 20 Grand Slam Titles… “If I don’t sleep 11-12 hours a day, it’s not right.”
CHRISTIANO RONALDO – Soccer
Likes to sleep 8 hours a night, throwing in several naps a day (up to five).
Just like training to improve your athletic performance, you can also train to improve your sleep.
Establishing a regular sleep schedule and routine can go a long way to helping you stay strong and healthy so you can excel at your favorite physical activities.
Here are some tips to help improve your sleep:
*** But Sleepbo’s secret weapon to Maximizing Fitness Gains through Sleep is…
Your Sleep Journey is essential for taking your Health & Performance to the next level. Rearranging your life to accommodate better sleep is more challenging than training for your sport.
But you must treat this with a sense of urgency. Here’s why a BUYING A WEIGHTED BLANKET is the most crucial FIRST-STEP you’ll ever make to achieve that elusive “next level” of performance.
* Immediate Benefits – you’ll sleep better the first night & instantly supercharge your recovery
* Sleep isn’t the only benefit – You’ll experience instant relaxation even while sitting on the couch or at your desk. This is invaluable for stress/anxiety management (WHICH ALSO improves sleep, which in turn enhances recovery!)
* Extremely Affordable – pennies per sleep over the lifetime of the blanket. The benefits will pay for the blanket thousands of times over. Plus the best brands have money-back guarantee if you aren’t happy with your purchase
We can’t get enough of this blanket!
With it’s lush and velvety touch, Kuddly’s weighted blanket is made to form to your body, providing the perfect cuddle on the couch and in bed. Filled with BPA-free glass beads, Kuddly is designed for comfort, relaxation, and sleeping. Plus, it’s machine washable and comes in two amazing colors—a soft grey and luscious blue!
One happy customer stated: “Wow! I have been struggling with anxiety and depression for years and having recently lost my job due to the current pandemic, I was really struggling. Mum left a “gift” for me to collect outside her house and I cried with relief when I unwrapped this blanket. I have had two nights of undisturbed sleep now thanks to my Kuddly. Thank you so so much for making this challenging situation a little more bearable 💫 I now don’t want to leave bed for all of the right reasons and my boyfriend has noticed the difference in my mood too-so thank you for that!”
The YNM is our second choice for its moisture-wicking management and bamboo viscose properties, providing all year round comfort. Plus, there are two extra layers of durable and breathable fabrics ensuring there a nore leaks of beads, or breaks in the blanket. It also allows you to pick the weight you want and comes in a variety of colours. That said, it’s on the pricier side.
One happy customer said: “I suffered from insomnia for most of my life and it has affected work, not being able to get up in the morning, every morning, and now always having a horrible day is completely fixed. I am off to sleep within minutes of getting into bed with this blanket. It is very heavy to hold and rather cumbersome to put on my bed, but stays in place once on. Would highly recommend purchasing!”
This 15-25lbs blanket comes in a 3-piece set—a winter duvet, a summer duvet, and a weighted blanket. The inner blanket is divided into 120 pockets for uniform weight distribution, and 8 internal ties keep the blanket in place inside the duvet cover. Their specially designed duvet covers allow air to flow through the fabric, ensuring you’re kept comfortably warm. It comes in 6 different colors.
One happy customer said: “…I slept like I have not slept in decades!!!! I bring it out on the couch now and fall asleep on the couch! the couch! This was a never event before this blanket. I’m not sure why the weight makes me sleep better but as my husband said “It just makes me feel better.”
Would make a great holiday gift, I got the heavier, 20lb, for my husband so he’d leave mine alone and now he uses it all the time, even just to watch TV…”
ZZZNEST uses 7 layers of fabric and small diamond tight stitching to prevent movement of the beads in the blanket, allowing for the most comfortable and sound sleep. Targeting disorders like RLS and anxiety, ZZZNEST promotes calmness and restfulness, allowing you to sleep much more soundly. Its beautiful grey colour is bound to compliment any room.
A customer states that: “Fantastic product … Comfortable and soft feel … Weighted but not heavy … Almost feels like you’re being held and gives a sense of comfort to anxiety sufferers like myself. It helps relax the body, I would recommend this to anybody, Fast efficient delivery … Thank you very much!!!”
This 15lbs weighted blanket triggers hormones that calm and soothe you, helping you achieve a deeper sleep. Its unique seven-layer process ensures maximum softness without feeling the filling on the inside. Bedsure is composed of breathable fabric and filled with comfortable glass beads. This weighted blanket will surely help you sleep better and feel much calmer.
A Happy Customer Says: “This blanket is brilliant! At first use, it is very heavy and trying to lift it up with your leg whilst in bed is very hard work if you are the kind that likes to ‘stick a leg out’ but after a few days, you get used to the weight. I will say, I sleep much sounder since I purchased this and getting to sleep no longer takes hours just minutes. If you have sleeping problems then this is marvellous!”