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How Danny Green stays sleep fit

March 04, 2020 | Posted by Editorial Team
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“Sleep is one of the most important parts of my game. My mental and physical strength and sharpness rely on it.”

 

Danny Green is a Los Angeles Lakers star and two-time NBA champion. The epitome of a true New York underdog, the 11-year NBA veteran rose from the D-league to become one of the most formidable players in the game. Green is revered for his three-point shooters and a championship pedigree in the NBA.

How important is sleep for you?

I think sleep is probably the most important thing that we need for our bodies when it comes to nutrition. And it's right up there with fitness and hydration and training and when you want to be your best self and performing at a high level you need sleep. Learning over the past couple of years of how important sleep is, I've definitely taken it a lot more serious and I've seen, a big change in my performance on and off the court and just my everyday life of being more focused with detail and attention. My attention span is a lot better than it has ever been.

It's important to be the best version of yourself and to me, the only way to do that is to get the proper sleep every day and the proper rest in order to wake up, refresh, and recover the next morning. And, you know, putting your best foot forward.

How long have you been using the Eight Sleep Pod?

Well, I've been using the eight sleep product for a couple of months now and my favorite product is definitely the Pod because it helps me understand, learn my sleeping habits and it educates me on how important sleep is. 

It keeps me cool at night, it helps me understand my body temperatures at night. I get hot at night a lot. Body temperature rises quite a bit, so I try to have fans on and AC on as much as possible. But with the Pod, they make it so much easier just to keep the bed cool to where I don't need all those things and it keeps me from sweating. And usually, when I'm hot, I wake up with headaches. So cool temperatures helped me a ton. And the Pod has been huge in that sense. 

What has your experience been sleeping on the Pod?

It's been amazing. Sleeping on the Pod has helped me a ton. It's helped me get better rest, better REM sleep throughout the night. I'm not waking up in the middle of the night, tossing and turning, or I'm not sweating or waking up with headaches. So sleeping with the Pod has been, you know, an extremely amazing key clutch deal on my performance every day, not just on the court, but to be able to be awake and feel fresh in the morning.

What are some of the benefits of sleeping on the Pod?

Sleeping on the Pod has changed my performance in the sense that it's allowed me to be more focused and I'm more focused for longer periods of time because I'm well-rested. The Pod has allowed me to rest to get better REM sleep. And I said, when you get better REM sleep, you're able to go through your day with more energy, with more focus, more attention to detail for longer periods of time. 

It's very important to feed your body with food but also with sleep, and the Pod has helped me understand that. It’s recovery and refreshed every morning to where I can perform at a high level and sustain my attention span for longer periods of time. 

 

"Sleeping on the Pod has helped me a ton. It's helped me get better rest, better REM sleep throughout the night. I'm not waking up in the middle of the night, tossing and turning, or I'm not sweating or waking up with headaches."

 

What metrics are you most interested in within the Eight Sleep app?

Things that I focus on within the app and how I use a Pod, it mostly is the average sleep, just what hours or what proper hours I need to sleep. Obviously, you need certain hours throughout the day, throughout the night. The Pod informs me, educates me on what my body needs. You know, per night and how many hours throughout the week. The body temperatures of which I need to be well-rested at, and set the temperature that I sleep the best at. 

Do you consider Sleep as Fitness?

They are one and the same, you know, fitness doesn't happen without rest and recovery and sleep is a big part of that. A part of being fit is taking care of your body, taking care of your body is getting the right foods and getting the proper rest, the proper sleep. So fitness includes all of those aspects. And so resting your body, resting your mind is a big part of fitness.

What is your sleep ritual, how do you prepare yourself for sleep?

My sleep ritual and prepare myself to sleep usually involves just trying to wind down the day, shutting out the noise putting away my phone, reflecting on the day, try and get all the thoughts out of my head or finish the thoughts in my head so that I can just shut down for the rest of the night and not think about anything, clear my mind and be able to rest properly. 

But for the most part, the best sleep that I've learned and I've educated myself is no noises, no sounds, no lights. So cut off all the lights, all the TVs, make it as cool as possible temperatures and make it as dark as possible in the room. And once I get in that mode, I try to get in my sleep position. Usually, I'm a stomach sleeper.

Why have you chosen to invest in and partner with Eight Sleep? 

I've chosen to partner with Eight Sleep because I genuinely believe in the products. Authenticity is the most important thing to me and I want people to know that when I am involved or partnered with something that I believe in it and it's a part of my active everyday life. So Eight Sleep is certainly one of those partners that fit my everyday description.