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All types of sleepers celebrate memory foam mattresses, but athletes are arguably the biggest fans of these ultra-supportive mattresses. Why? A memory foam mattress supports the body for restorative sleep. Sleep to an athlete is just as important as training, hydration, and proper nutrition.
Athletes like Lebron James and Roger Federer are reported to sleep for up to 12 hours per day. Other famous athletes like Venus Williams, Usain Bolt, Russel Wilson, and Maria Sharapova swear by 8 - 10 hours of sleep per night - even on weekends.
While deep and restorative sleep is vital for everyone, the quality of sleep can make or break a career when it comes to athletes.
A study on the effects of sleep extension and measures of athletic performance of basketballers found that sleeping 10 hours per night increased shooting accuracy by 9%.
An essential ingredient for the perfect sleep is, of course, a mattress. The guide below will help you discover why a memory foam mattress is widely considered the best choice for peak athletic performance and recovery.
Athlete’s bodies endure rigorous strain with some elite performers training for up to 8 hours per day. The immense pressure placed on the mind and body requires ample time to rest. Bedtime is when the magic happens. The magic of sleep healing.
The best sleep aid for an athlete is a quality mattress that ticks all the required boxes for a healthy sleep cycle.
Memory foam mattresses have become the first choice for athletes for the following reasons:
Unparalleled Pressure Relief
The customized contouring abilities of a memory foam mattress make it a top contender as the best mattress for athletes. Target support to pressure points and joints can fast track recovery and repair.
Old mattresses that are too soft or too firm may increase pain and decrease the chances of a quick recovery. A memory foam mattress is the most comfortable mattress because it has a unique medium-firm plush feel that is highly suitable for sleepers who tend to go to bed with strained muscles. Memory foam mattress caresses all areas of the body, alleviating stress from crucial pain points.
There is an interesting link between body temperature and deep sleep. Maintaining a stable body temperature eases the body into the sleep cycle. Instability of body heat can lead to fluctuations in the heart rate and blood pressure - factors that disrupt proper sleep. Plus, a bed that is too hot or too cold can lead to frequent wake-ups in the night, creating a barrier for deep sleep.
Naturally, athletes' core body temperature tends to run higher due to such consistent and significant spikes in heart rate throughout the day.
Therefore, a cooling mattress with advanced breathability and cooling technology is a must-have for athletes.
Advanced Motion Isolation
Motion isolation is a key feature for athletes who share the bed with a partner. A high-density premium memory foam mattress boasts some of the best motion isolation benefits in the industry. Sleepers can feel completely undisturbed by their partner's movement, no matter how much they might toss and turn.
This ‘stillness’ in the bed is enabled by a memory foam's ability to absorb movement rather than cause vibrations and bounce like spring beds.
Complete stillness is vital for athletes - especially light sleepers who have a tendency to wake up easily.
If you spend your days on the track, field, ring, or pool, coming home to luxurious comfort is highly necessary. Athletes can face significant drawbacks in recovery by sleeping on a lackluster mattress. To empower relaxation, comfort should be a combination of premium materials and durable plush-support.
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Deep restorative sleep allows the body to repair blood vessels and encourages the growth of tissue that can often get damaged when the body endures strenuous physical activity.
A key reason why sleep is increasingly imperative for athletes is that it is the only time in the day when damaged cells in the body can regenerate. Without the focussed time for repair that sleep provides, athletes, risk further injury, and fatigue that can impact performance when it counts.
One study investigating the link between sleep quality and injury uncovered that young athletes who consistently sleep for over 8 hours per night are 68% less likely to face injury.
So not only does quality sleep increase alertness and performance, but it also plays a crucial role in reducing the likelihood of injury.
Our luxurious memory foam mattresses are exceptionally supportive and cozy. But what makes buying a Puffy even comfier is that you can test-sleep any Puffy Mattress for 101 nights. If it isn’t the mattress for you, we’ll give you a 100% refund.
The Puffy Royal is a standout mattress model for athletes. Advanced SMT technology provides customized support, with a softer contour for the head, neck, and shoulders, and firmer support for the back and spine. The Puffy Royal is also the coolest in the range with infused cooling beads for temperature stabilizing sleep.
With the right mattress, athletes can optimize performance and recovery for continued success in their field.