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Olympians admit to over-sleeping

Margaret Jack  By Margaret Jack   |   Posted in Industry News   |   Last updated: Thursday 2nd August 2012

Two Olympians have admitted to sleeping through their alarm clocks on the morning of their events, reports the Guardian. Team GB’s weightlifter Jack Oliver over-slept by more than an hour and was roused by a knock on his door, while Australian shooter Alethea Sedgman made the classic mistake of pressing the snooze button only to wake up an hour and ten minutes later by a startled room-mate.

We’re happy to hear that both athletes managed to appear in their events as planned, and we’re also happy to hear that sleep was such an important part of their preparation – even if it was a little too much in these cases. However Jack Oliver did go on to record a personal best, so maybe that extra time in bed paid off.

Alarm clocks, while established as a daily part of our lives, are known to be potentially disruptive to a natural morning routine – especially when they sound while the body is a deep sleep phase. Light alarms, which work by recreating a morning sunrise in the bedroom, and a number of smartphone alarm apps that work by sensing when the body is in a lighter phase of sleep, are two ways in which alarm clocks have tried to shift towards a more body-friendly wake-up method.

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