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Record-Breaking Froome Takes 2nd Tour de France Title

By Steven Willis   |   Posted in Sleep Research   |   Last updated: Monday 27th July 2015

Record-Breaking Froome Takes 2nd Tour de France Title

Chris Froome has won the 2015 Tour de France, marking an historical achievement and firmly cementing himself amongst the legends of the race. The Team Sky star completed a gruelling three weeks of racing one minute and twelve seconds faster than Movistar’s Nairo Quintana, making him the first Brit to win the prestigious Tour twice. As well as the overall Tour win, Froome also finished with the King of the Mountains jersey, an achievement last recorded some forty-five years ago by Eddy Merckx and just the sixth time it has happened in the Tour’s long history.

The incredible win completed a dominant performance from Froome and Team Sky, in which he held the lead from stage seven onwards.

 

Chris Froome and Ergoflex™ - A Winning Combination

Chris Froome 2015 - Photo Credit Team SkyWe’d like to extend our congratulations to Chris for his momentous achievement. As a long-time user of Ergoflex™, we’re thrilled to see Froome’s continued success and record-breaking performance on the Tour. Froome described his experience with the Ergoflex™ mattress in glowing terms;

“It’s excellent, and delivers everything I was expecting from such a hi-tech mattress. The ‘weightlessness’ feeling is the perfect antidote to leaden legs after a day's riding, and I’ve found that minor aches and pains are mostly relieved by the morning. The support to the lower back, which can be a problem area for me, is excellent, and I’m confident that the Ergoflex™ mattress is assisting my recovery times and overall quality of sleep on a daily basis.”

Read Chris Froome’s full account of his Ergoflex™ mattress on his official Facebook page.

It’s no surprise that the Tour de France double-champion would sleep on an Ergoflex™ considering the many benefits that the technology offers to athletes, as well as our proud legacy of providing sleep solutions for sportspeople at the top of their game. It’s not just within the world of elite cycling that Ergoflex™ helps deliver that extra competitive edge. Our mattress is also used by Olympic champions, Premier League and international footballers, and athletes from a number of other sports, performing at the very highest levels of competition. In such high-pressure environments when it comes to sleep quality, nothing can be left to chance - and that’s why Ergoflex™ is the clear choice for elite athletes.

Sleep and Athletic Recovery

Chris Froome - Photo Credit Team SkySleep plays a key role in athlete performance, both during regular training and events – especially those as intensively demanding as the Tour de France. Deep sleep is the period during which the body restores and repairs damage that takes place during sports, allowing for the development of muscle and energy recovery. By working to achieve good sleep, athletes ensure that they’re taking advantage of this process and maintaining the ability to perform to their potential. Without good sleep the susceptibility for injury and illness can be increased, risking loss of performance. It’s because of this vital role that sleep is now recognised as such an important element of the training and events regime for athletes of all disciplines.

So when it comes to choosing a mattress, it’s not a decision that top level sportspeople can take lightly, as demonstrated by Chris Froome’s choice of Ergoflex™.

Put simply, a sub-standard mattress – whether a sprung mattress that doesn’t deliver full body support or a low quality offering purporting to deliver memory foam performance – won’t just result in poor quality sleep, it’ll also result in poor athletic performance.

Ergoflex™’s use of proprietary ACPT temperature-sensitive high-density visco-elastic memory foam and a combination of cool-sleep airflow and premium base layers delivers a pressure-relieving performance night after night. This means that the areas of the body that typically suffer the most during sports activities - lower back, legs, arms – are sufficiently supported during sleep and allowed to effortlessly recover from exertion. By delivering a weightless cradling of the entire body, the Ergoflex™ makes it easier to find a comfortable position and get to sleep faster, as well as achieving a more restful, disturbance-free sleep throughout the night. All of which results in a feeling of rejuvenation and energy in the morning, a feeling that’s priceless for everyone – athletes and non-athletes alike!

 

 



How is Technology Affecting the Way You Sleep?

Last updated: Monday 27th July 2015

How is Technology Affecting the Way You Sleep?

Do you ever find yourself replying to texts and emails late at night? Or choosing to watch another episode of a TV show when you know you should go to bed? 

When artificial lighting was introduced to our everyday lives, it started affecting the way that we slept. Now, with more technology available at our fingertips than ever before, it can delay the time it takes us to fall asleep at night, and decrease the quality of our sleep once we do drift off.

Category: Sleep Research

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Minimalist Bedrooms – How to Avoid a Clinical Look

Last updated: Monday 20th July 2015

Minimalist Bedrooms – How to Avoid a Clinical Look

minimalist bedroomsWhen considering colour schemes around the house, the bedroom isn’t the best place to get experimental. The wrong choice in the bedroom can trigger a sense of energy, creating a distraction that’s not what you need when you’re looking to wind down for the night. Worse still, a scheme that’s allowed to evolve randomly is likely to end up making the room feel too busy and claustrophobic.

Rather than a vibrant and exciting colour choice, neutrals and whites are the way to go in the bedroom. This is perfect for a minimalist and always-stylish look, but it comes with a risk of its own.

By taking the minimal approach too far the bedroom can end up with a clinical, sterile ambiance that’s just as inappropriate for relaxation as a busy and energetic space, if not more so. Remember that your bedroom is for sleep above everything else, and an oppressively clinical environment isn’t something to aspire to.

The good news is that it’s easy to take the edge off a minimalist look with a selection of bedroom accessories. A splash of considered colour and a subtle addition of texture can be all it needs to transform a minimalist bedroom from feeling like a hospital ward to a welcoming environment that retains its style. Here are four ways to achieve it.

Category: Sleep Research

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Food and Sleep – Dreamy Recipes for Good Sleep

Last updated: Monday 13th July 2015

Food and Sleep – Dreamy Recipes for Good Sleep

Have you ever had a bad night’s sleep, only to find yourself craving fatty or sugary foods the next day? Or felt like you needed a nap after a big meal? A bad night’s sleep could cause you to eat more the next day and the type of food you eat could be affecting the quality of your sleep.

Category: Sleep Research

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Alternative Sleep Schedules – Is polyphasic sleep safe?

Last updated: Thursday 2nd July 2015

Alternative Sleep Schedules – Is polyphasic sleep safe?

In a world where almost everyone is running around trying to balance their work and home responsibilities, whilst also fitting in exercise and even a social life in between, getting the recommended 7 to 9 hours of sleep every night can be a challenge for many people.

So it’s not surprising that people throughout history have tried to cope on less sleep (famously, Margaret Thatcher, Thomas Edison, and Alexander Graham Bell were all said to get just four hours of sleep a night), or that many adults sleep in on weekends in an attempt to “catch up” with the hours they lost during the week. But some people have taken this to extreme levels, training themselves to cope on just two hours of sleep every 24 hours.

Category: Sleep Research

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Exercise and Sleep - could the type of exercise you do be bad for your sleeping habits?

Last updated: Monday 22nd June 2015

Exercise and Sleep - could the type of exercise you do be bad for your sleeping habits?

Does the exercise you do really help you sleep better? Exercise is one of the most common suggestions to people who are finding it difficult to get to sleep, but studies suggest that the time of day you exercise, and the type of exercise you do, both effect the way you sleep.

Category: Sleep Research

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Clutter and Sleep Loss - an untidy bedroom could be affecting the way you sleep

Last updated: Tuesday 16th June 2015

Clutter and Sleep Loss - an untidy bedroom could be affecting the way you sleep

Does the sight of a messy bedroom have you rushing to tidy it up? Or is the colour of your floor long forgotten underneath the piles of clothes, papers and general clutter of your bedroom? 

Category: Sleep Research

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The Lunar Effect: How the Moon Affects Your Sleep

Last updated: Tuesday 5th May 2015

The Lunar Effect: How the Moon Affects Your Sleep

Gazing at the moon on a dark night can give an indescribable sense of wonder, calming all your senses and can put perspective on everything. This feeling of awe could fall into what is described as the ‘lunar effect’, which is the belief that the lunar cycle can influence the behaviour of animals and humans. Whilst a lunar effect may first appear to be a myth from ancient times, there is at least some scientific evidence to back up the theory – especially on the way you sleep. 

Category: Sleep Research

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Weird Sleep Experiments – Strange Journeys into the World of Sleep

Last updated: Friday 1st May 2015

Weird Sleep Experiments – Strange Journeys into the World of Sleep

Sleep remains one of the most mysterious elements of life, with scientists continuing to debate the most fundamental questions relating to the issue. It’s hard to believe that there isn’t actually a scientific consensus on why we sleep, let alone the reasons behind many of the more complex areas of the subject.

So perhaps it’s no surprise that over the years there have been some downright bizarre experiments into sleep.

Here are some of the weirdest, featuring a chanting man in a summer camp dormitory, a Clockwork Orange-style eye-opener, the ‘Pillownaut’ and a remarkable example of the power of the mind.

Are you ready to go down the weird sleep rabbit-hole?  

Category: Sleep Research

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20 #Sleephacks (You Can Try Tonight)

Last updated: Tuesday 28th April 2015

20 #Sleephacks (You Can Try Tonight)

Struggling to sleep? Well, a good night’s sleep might be closer than you think – check out these easy #sleephacks that you can try tonight.

Category: Sleep Research

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A Recipe for Sleep: Food & Drink to Naturally Induce Sleep

Last updated: Monday 27th April 2015

A Recipe for Sleep: Food & Drink to Naturally Induce Sleep

Falling asleep isn’t an exact science – there are no right and wrong ways to fall asleep as long as your system works well for you – but are there any foods and drinks you could be implementing into your night time wind-down routine? 

Category: Sleep Research

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Can You Fall Asleep in under a Minute?

Last updated: Monday 20th April 2015

Can You Fall Asleep in under a Minute?

How long does it take for you to drift off? For some, it takes only a matter of minutes, but for others it can often be a real struggle. Studies give a varying degree of results as to what the average time to fall asleep is, with some claiming it to be a mere seven minutes, and others claiming it to be 20+ minutes. Being able to fall asleep in a matter of seconds would certainly make life a lot easier, but is it possible?

The time taken to fall asleep has a technical term – sleep-onset latency

Category: Sleep Research

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Sleep in the News - Week beginning April 13th 2015

Last updated: Friday 17th April 2015

Sleep in the News - Week beginning April 13th 2015

Week beginning April 13th
Let's see where sleep has made the news this week.

 

Category: Industry News

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Child sleep frustrations driving parents to tears… and to drive! Survey reveals the extent of bedtime battles

Last updated: Thursday 16th April 2015

Child sleep frustrations driving parents to tears… and to drive! Survey reveals the extent of bedtime battles

Our latest UK sleep survey took on the thorny topic of child sleep routines, and revealed that parents often go to extraordinary lengths to get their little ones to sleep, that bedtime battles are an alarmingly regular event, and that the sleep deprivation-fuelled stress of the situation can bring everyone to tears – including the adults!

Category: Sleep Research

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Why It's Totally Natural for Teenagers to Be Sleepyheads – Parents Take Note!

Last updated: Monday 13th April 2015

Why It's Totally Natural for Teenagers to Be Sleepyheads – Parents Take Note!

Teens and students are often victims of the spending-all-day-in-bed stereotype, and parents don’t need reminding how long a teenager can sleep for - but the surprising reality is that they do need more sleep than adults – it’s in their DNA, and it’s perfectly natural. 

Category: Sleep Research

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