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The Perfect Recovery - Memory Foam Mattresses for Sportspeople

By Steven Willis   |   Posted in Sleep Research   |   Tuesday 21st October 2014

The Perfect Recovery - Memory Foam Mattresses for Sportspeople

When you think about sport, sleep isn’t exactly the first thing to come to mind. However, leading athletes are increasingly highlighting the role that sleep plays in their top-level performance, with deep, quality sleep now acknowledged as an absolute must for their training and recovery processes.  

cyclingWhat has sleep got to do with sport?

Besides the obvious fact that it provides much-needed rest and recuperation after the energy-depleting exertions of sport, sleep’s importance for sportspeople can best illustrated when considering the body’s natural production of HGH (human growth hormone), a key part of how the body reacts and responds to physical exertion.

HGH has many functions, but calcium retention (bone strengthening), increasing muscle mass and repairing muscle stress are among the particular processes that directly benefit those involved in sports.

The body produces around 80% of HGH during sustained sleep, meaning that if you’re not sleeping well you’re not allowing your body to deliver the right levels of the hormone and therefore not getting the best possible recovery. Experiencing a couple of nights of poor sleep during a training or event period and could risk actively harming your body.

The memory foam mattress and sport

Since sleep is a vital part of an active life, it effectively makes the mattress just as important as any other piece of sporting equipment. However it’s not just about sleep, it’s about how your mattress performs while you’re sleeping. A good quality mattress will not only promote the deep sleep needed for full recovery, but it will also provide sufficient support for the areas of the body that need it most.

runningPremium memory foam mattresses offer a pressure-relieving experience, taking the feeling of pressure from areas that typically require the most support from the mattress surface - such as the hips, lower back and upper back – while providing a consistent support for the rest of the body. Ergoflex’s temperature-sensitive properties shape the HD visco-elastic memory foam layer, through body heat, around your body’s specific contours. This results in a ‘cradled’ sensation where every part of your body is supported equally, meaning that it’s not only easier to find a blissfully comfortable sleeping position but you won’t be awoken by aches and pains due to the mattress neglecting a certain area of your body. This is particularly important for sportspeople, considering the stresses and strains that different parts of the body experience during sport – a night where one of these areas isn’t supported could worsen any potential problems and delay recovery.

Taking a closer look at how the body responds to different sports is a good way to highlight how important it is for people with active lifestyles to have a mattress that delivers full body support throughout the night. Different sports put different demands on the body, pressurising certain areas more than others and risking particular injuries. Here are most common injuries from some of our most popular sports – all of which would benefit from the supportive recuperation provided by a memory foam mattress.

tennisTennis

The infamous ‘tennis elbow’ is perhaps the injury most people associate with tennis, but according to PhysioRoom.com the most commonly-suffered injury is actually sprained ankles, thanks to rapid positional changes and jarring foot placements. As you’d expect the upper body does come in for punishment too, with shoulder pain appearing as the second most common tennis player complaint.

Football 

Sprained ankles also top the list of most common injuries in football, again thanks to the almost constant varied movement required during play. Adding in high-speed contact with opponents, the force experienced when actually kicking a football and the risks of ‘planting’ a foot in the ground with studded boots and it’s not hard to see why ankles injuries appeared so prominently in FIFA’s 15 year-long F-MARC research programme.

Cycling

Cycling can be a particularly punishing sport, even when the racing goes to plan and you safely stay on two wheels. Sustained periods in certain riding positions can put excessive strain on the lower back, making lumbar problems common in cyclists. The same positional demands of road racing can also cause neck ache. The repetitive motion of cycling means that various leg injuries can be common, from Achilles tendonitis (above the heel) to Patellar tendonitis (under the knee).

Rugby

rugbyWhen a University of Canterbury study investigated local rugby players’ ‘body stress’ levels after games, the results indicated that the player’s injuries had a similarities with people who had experienced ‘serious trauma’ such as car crashes. So it’s perhaps not surprising to find that concussion is the most common injury in the sport. However, the next four injuries on rugby’s most frequently-suffered list are all specific to the legs, thanks to game’s high-speed pace. Hamstring pulls/tears, thigh haematoma (severe bruising), calf strains and medial ligament damage all feature in the top five.

Running

When an injury is named after a sport, even colloquially, you know it’s going to a common occurrence for those brave enough to participate. ‘Runner’s Knee’ is the informal name for Patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS), and RunnersWorld.com says it may account for around 40% of the injuries suffered by runners. The feet also experience a good deal of stress when running, absorbing huge amounts of force each time they connect with the ground. Some 15% of runner’s injuries are related to Plantar Fasciitis, stresses on the tendons and ligaments in the feet.




6 Morning Hacks to Wake up Feeling Fresh and Ready to Go

Monday 20th October 2014

6 Morning Hacks to Wake up Feeling Fresh and Ready to Go

Having to get out of bed is arguably one of the hardest tasks of the day; “Just give me five more minutes!” But it doesn’t have to be so hard – there are a few tricks you can try to feel fresh and ready to tackle the day. Most of the content of our blog focuses on tips to fall asleep more effectively, however the process of waking up in the morning can be just as important, and just like falling asleep, it’s a process that many people aren’t doing right and are needlessly suffering by doing so. Here are 6 tips to wake up and instantly feel like the real you…

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Making an Informed Decision about Buying a New Mattress

Tuesday 14th October 2014

Making an Informed Decision about Buying a New Mattress

The time has come. You’ve decided your old mattress just won’t do anymore and you’re thinking of upgrading to something new. The signs have been showing for a while: it feels lumpy, it sags, and it’s nearing the 5 year lifespan that many mattresses don’t survive beyond. So far, so good. But it’s the next step of the mattress-buying process that people often get so, so wrong…

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How a Memory Foam Mattress Can Improve Your Life

Monday 13th October 2014

How a Memory Foam Mattress Can Improve Your Life

Mattresses come in all shapes and sizes, and it’s hard to know which one’s best for you. One mattress material that has gained popularity in recent years is visco-elastic memory foam. Memory foam was originally developed by NASA, but nowadays it’s available to the masses and is widely used in hospitals throughout Europe due to the muscle relief and comfort it offers. Let’s take a look at how a memory foam mattress can significantly improve your night’s sleep…

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5 Life Changing #SleepHacks

Wednesday 8th October 2014

5 Life Changing #SleepHacks

Is your poor sleep quality impacting on how you feel during the day? Perhaps it’s time to introduce a sleephack or two to improve your situation. Check out these common problems and their sleephack solutions.

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Sleep through the Ages: How Our Need for Sleep Changes as We Grow Older

Wednesday 8th October 2014

Sleep through the Ages: How Our Need for Sleep Changes as We Grow Older

Your quality of sleep has a huge influence on your quality of life regardless of age, yet many people underestimate the value of a regular good night’s sleep. Our need for sleep as a young child varies drastically to our sleep requirements as an adult, but it’s equally important for adults and children to be getting the sleep they need. The following is just a general guide – everyone is different, but age is a good indicator of the quality and quantity of sleep we need.

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Animals and Sleep: How Dogs, Cats, and Other Wild Animals Get Their Rest

Monday 6th October 2014

Animals and Sleep: How Dogs, Cats, and Other Wild Animals Get Their Rest

All living creatures have a need for sleep and rejuvenation – we sleep, animals sleep, and even plants have their own form of sleep. We humans need around 8 hours per day, but what about the animal kingdom? How do they sleep? How much do they need? Let’s take a look at some examples…

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Sleep Deprivation and Driving

Tuesday 30th September 2014

Sleep Deprivation and Driving

Have you ever felt sleepy behind the wheel? Buckle up to read just some of the ways in which sleep deprivation can affect your driving.

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Sleep Paralysis: When Nightmares Become Reality

Monday 29th September 2014

Sleep Paralysis: When Nightmares Become Reality

Imagine waking up through the night unable to move, unable to talk and unable to breathe properly… pretty scary, right? Imagine all that, whilst feeling a demonic presence in the room, or even seeing a black figure standing at the end of your bed – this is sleep paralysis…

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Sleep and Sports Performance

Wednesday 24th September 2014

Sleep and Sports Performance

Consistently getting a good night's sleep can significantly imporove your athletic capabilities - here's how:

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Sleep Deprivation and Work

Tuesday 23rd September 2014

Sleep Deprivation and Work

A day at work after a bad night's sleep is always tough... here's why.

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You Donít Sleep Alone: The Horrifying Creatures Lurking in Your Bed

Wednesday 17th September 2014

You Donít Sleep Alone: The Horrifying Creatures Lurking in Your Bed

Your bed is one of the most private places in your life – a personal space occupied only by yourself or those dearest to you… oh and billions of dust mites, bed bugs, and bucket loads of sweat.

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Sleep Deprivation and Your Body

Monday 15th September 2014

Sleep Deprivation and Your Body

An infographic insight into the various ways in which sleep deprivation impacts upon your body.

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5 Things Everybody Believes (Incorrectly) about Sleep

Wednesday 10th September 2014

5 Things Everybody Believes (Incorrectly) about Sleep

Sleep is one of those subjects where personal opinion and old wives’ tales seem to outweigh the cold hard facts. Here are 5 things most people get wrong about sleep…

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Sleep Your Way to Sports Success

Monday 8th September 2014

Sleep Your Way to Sports Success

A good fitness regime involves many things: eating the right foods, doing enough training, being motivated to keep fit, and allowing the body to adequately repair itself. However, the one often-overlooked factor in determining your fitness is probably also the most simple – sleep. Most people underestimate the power of sleeping well, and sleep can greatly influence your overall well-being, general health, and more relevantly, your athletic ability. Read on to discover just how vital sleep is to keeping fit…

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