The secret to a great night's sleep

Brits will lose 302 million hours of sleep watching the Olympics

Rio 2016 has been the most successful away Olympics to date for the United Kingdom. So it's no surprise we're all losing sleep with the excitement. 

A survey by the Sporting Index has found that Brits will lose 302 million hours of sleep due to staying up late to watch the Olympics.


Leeds came out as the most sleep deprived city, staying up on average of 44 minutes later than they normally would. Britain as a whole is staying up 34 minutes later. 

If you're finding yourself glued to the TV screen to watch GB climb the medals table, we've got some tips you'll find useful.

Sleep like an athlete

Beach volleyball gold medalist Phil Dalhausser swears by taking a nap if you still don't feel refreshed after a night's sleep. Our resident sleep expert Dr Nerina agrees that power naps can help rejuvenate you during the day. Research shows that a daytime 40 winks can make you more alert, help your memory and boost your mood.

Pole vaulter Sandi Morris says a lot of emotions can make it hard for her to fall asleep ahead of a competition. Her advice is to think about something that calms you. Dr Nerina says: "You are more likely to access efficient deep sleep if you allow your body and mind to relax than if you rush to bed feeling anxious - so even delay going to bed if necessary".

USA gymnast Gabby Douglas, highly recommends taking the time out to unwind. Research has found that meditation is a great way to make you feel sleepy. On a regular basis it helps ease stress and improve your sleep. If you're in need of some more ways to help you chill out, check out our bedtime rituals to help you nod off.

For more useful advice ,head to our achievements blog where five-time Olympic athlete and super-mum Jo Pavey offers her help on running family life alongside training. 

If you've got any tips for sleeping like an Olympian share them with us on our Facebook and Twitter using #MySleepSecret.

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