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