Problems with sleep have haunted British Olympic competitor
Lizzie Simmonds, but she is determined they won't affect her
performance at the 2012 London Games.


According to the swimmer, she has suffered from insomnia since she
was a child and starting competing in her sport and she has taken
steps to overcome it over the years.


Simmonds, who has qualified for the 200 metres backstroke final
this summer, stated she hopes her rivals will struggle to get
enough rest ahead of the event, while she is so used to missing out
on nightly rest that it will not phase her.


The 21-year-old explained the erratic sleeping patterns swimmers
adhere to, training at 04:00 four times per week exacerbated her
insomnia, but stressed her roommate and co-competitor Fran Halsall
can fall asleep "as soon as her head hits the pillow".


Comfort was recently highlighted as one of the keys to ensuring a
good night's sleep and combating insomnia, with relaxation coach
Andrew Johnson noting getting the body into a restful state by
having a bath or listening to soft music, investing in blackout
blinds and lying on a comfortable mattress can all help.


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