At the 2016 Rio Olympics, you may have seen mere mortals display inhuman physical abilities. To reach this level of athletic perfection Olympians must have to go through vigorous training regimes. A rather less talked about part of the Olympian’s preparation is sleeping. Sleep is an athlete’s secret with which he allows the body to relax so that it may heal itself. If these athletes had a rough relationship with sleep, they would not have been able to perform as well as they do.
While talking about their performance athletes usually do not mention their sleeping patterns, we still managed to compile the sleep advice from 5 contenders for the prestigious Olympic gold medal.
First off, according to Phil Dalhausser, the USA seaside volleyball participant, naps are integral to his performance. Sleeping isn’t easy to get while you are competing. Even if you get a good 8 to 9 hours of sleep you can wake up tired. So what is his solution? Getting naps. They are an essential way to wind down since they can make you extra alert afterwards.
Phil Dalhausser: “I’ll take a nap if I didn’t sleep nicely the evening earlier.”
The second contender Sam Ojserkis, of the USA rowing crew, believes consistency is the key to good sleep. Ojserkis shared that he hits the sheets by 8 pm and then wakes up at 5 amlike clockwork. Going to sleep and waking up at the same time keeps the body’s biological clock regular.
In his own words: “I can turn out to be very monotonous.”
On the other hand, our favorite gymnast Gaby Douglas shared the best way to wind down for her is to get good sleep. According to the 20-year-old, sleeping at the end of the day is the best therapy.
“I curl up in my bed to meditate, which helps me learn to clear my thoughts and places me in an excellent place mentally and spiritually,” shared Gabby.
Sandi Morris perhaps has the most distinct opinion about sleep. Morris, the USA pole vaulter, says that her secret to a successful night of sleep is to not stress about it. Morris just doesn’t let her troublesome feelings come forward before sleeping.
Morris stated: “I consider the deep ‘whooshing’ sounds of waves hitting the shore, and if I can maintain off ideas of vaulting, I ultimately do go to sleep.”
Madison Hughes, the USA Rugby captain believes a good sleep is the result of getting to bed on time. A good night’s sleep is not possible without self-discipline.