Bigger Beds To Win At The Olympics?

By sleepcounciladmin on July 13, 2012

Bigger Beds To Win At The Olympics?
Bigger is better

So the Olympic Village has opened but it seems when they were kitting it out, they didn’t consider putting in big beds!

No, it seems that athletes are expected to sleep on a single bed just 68 inches long (5ft 8 to me and you!) – a length that’s far shorter than the average size of male athletes and quite a lot of female ones too – but also seven inches shorter than a standard single bed! Kids sleep in bigger beds!

One report said only 22 of the 261 American men going to the Olympics would fit in a regular bed. Michael Phelps (6ft 4) and Ryan Lochte (6ft 2) aren’t close, for example. It’s no wonder USA Basketball and other big stars shun the Olympic Village.

Apparently there are extensions available but would it not have been sensible to put in bigger beds in the first place? These are the people we want to triumph at the games but we all know if you don’t get a good night’s sleep, you definitely won’t be performing at your best.

Maybe the organisers should take note: bigger beds for better performance!

Lisa – The Sleep Council Team

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One thought on “Bigger Beds To Win At The Olympics?

  1. You make a very good point which had been highlighted and considered but not acting on, along with the basic specifications of the sleeping products themselves considering what’s available in the market today. However British Cycling and Para Cycling teams have taken it upon themselves to use their own personalised sleepkits as part of an overall sleep intervention = performance program supplied by sportsleepcoach, so at least some of our athletes will maximise the hours asleep in the Village.

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