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.


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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.