Recovery from a hard workout or any workout is necessary. Your body needs time to heal from the workout/race that you just put it through. Yes, recovery does include eating a nutritious snack within 30 minutes of exercise as well as a meal within 1.5 hours after that exercise but also rest. Our bodies need to rest to help it recover from the workout you put it through. That rest can come in the form of a great night’s sleep or in the form of a nap.
I am not a napper. I typically utilize the time when my wife and step-son are napping getting reconnected with myself. I use that as a time to reflect on life and just shut my mind off. Of course sometimes I am on the laptop reading blogs and gathering information to help make me a better athlete.
Then I stumbled across this beauty. The Eames lounge chair. This left me thinking about how comfortable it would be to nestle my body into the lounge and stretching my legs onto the ottoman during a recovery nap. Or even while typing a blog post and sitting back and relaxing. Would there be a better way to recover from a long day?
What really had me thinking was that the chair is permanently tilted at a 15 degree angle. This had me scratching my head in the fact that there is no way I would write blog posts because I would be sleeping in it. I started to also wonder if I could set up a training room with a treadmill, my bike trainer, some weights and this chair. Would I ever leave the room?
Trifuel had a post titles Snooze So You Don’t Lose posted on July 21, 2010. The article list the following 6 items as key to endurance athletes performing at their best by getting enough sleep:
How much sleep each athlete needs varies from one individual to another but in general athletes require at least 7 hours of sleep a night. The athlete can increase the likelihood of getting enough quality by practicing habits of good “sleep hygiene”. Good sleep hygiene consists of:
1.) Maintaining a regular bedtime and awakening schedule including weekends.
2.) Establishing a regular, relaxing bedtime routine by adopting such rituals as taking a warm bath or shower, aroma therapy, reading, or listening to soothing music.
3.) Sleeping in a room that is dark, quiet, comfortable, and cool (65 degrees Fahrenheit is recommended).
4.) Finish eating 2-3 hours prior to bedtime
5.) Avoid caffeine within 6 hours of bedtime
6.) Avoid exercise, if possible, for 4 hours prior to bedtime.
So my feeling is that I get around 5-6 hours of sleep per night and that having the Herman Miller Lounge and Ottoman will allow me to capture that other 1-2 hours that I need to perform at my best.