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My letter to the International Olympic Committee: Honor the athlete. Respect their sleep.

By Matteo Franceschetti
July 22, 2021
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As anyone who’s ever practiced sports knows
The key to optimal performance
Lies not only on the hours of training
But on the much needed recovery time

The Olympics are the quintessence of human potential
How can the world’s most elite athletes
Recover and refuel properly
Sleeping on cardboard and a thin piece of foam?

Impaired sleep can double the risk of injuries in athletes*
Decreasing accuracy by 53% and reaction times by 13%*
Negatively affecting athletic ability*
All while increasing exhaustion

When it comes down to the last millisecond
A good night’s sleep can make the difference
Between a Gold, Silver, or Bronze Medal

After running the Olympics for over 127 years
The Olympic Committee should know better
And do better
Or let us take care of it

There’s still time left to get the athletes sleeping on Pods

Sincerely,
Matteo Franceschetti,
Co-Founder and CEO, Eight Sleep
The Sleep Fitness Company

*Sources: Milewski, Matthew D et al. “Chronic lack of sleep is associated with increased sports injuries in adolescent athletes.” Journal of pediatric orthopedics vol. 34,2 (2014): 129-33. doi:10.1097/BPO.0000000000000151

Reyner, L A, and J A Horne. “Sleep restriction and serving accuracy in performance tennis players, and effects of caffeine.” Physiology & behavior vol. 120 (2013): 93-6. doi:10.1016/j.physbeh.2013.07.002

Reyner, L A, and J A Horne. “Sleep restriction and serving accuracy in performance tennis players, and effects of caffeine.” Physiology & behavior vol. 120 (2013): 93-6. doi:10.1016/j.physbeh.2013.07.002

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