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In 2005, the U.S. Olympic Committee, in consultation with sleep expert Mark Rosekind, upgraded the rooms at its Colorado Springs training center. The renovation consisted of better mattresses, blackout curtains, and encouragement for the athletes to aim for nine or ten hours of sleep. And many have taken the advice to heart. 'Sleep is huge in my sport,' says Olympic marathoner Ryan Hall. 'Recovery is the limiting factor, not my ability to run hard. I typically sleep about eight to nine hours a night but then I make sure to schedule 90 minute 'business meetings' - aka naps - into my day for an afternoon rest.' -- Arianna Huffington, Thrive

Research Shows Sleep Has An Immediate And Significant Effect On Exercise

In a very impactful study at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine researchers investigated the bi-directional relationship between sleep and exercise. This study is fascinating because it did not just study the effects of exercise on sleep, but also the effects of sleep on exercise.

It concluded that exercise did not appear to have an immediate impact on sleep but showed that sleep did have an immediate -- and significant -- effect on exercise. The subjects had shorter exercise sessions after nights when they slept poorly. This relationship of poor sleep to diminished exercise was strongest among subjects whose sleep was the most challenged at the beginning of the study period.

Adaptive Sleep Technology Provides Additional Support

If you don't do yoga or other stretches to ease the tension that can be absorbed by your body during your exercise routine, adaptive sleep technology can help. It features a firm yet yielding surface that provides the correct degree of support. It also includes a passive-massage layer to provide additional support and a gentle massage effect. It also:

• Eliminates high-stress pressure points

• Promotes better circulation

• Reduces tossing and turning

• Provides a sleep environment more conducive to relaxing, restorative deep sleep.

Optimising Different Factors For Each Individual

An adaptive sleep environment optimizes each of these different factors for each individual, even if they share a bed with a partner who might have significantly different requirements at any one time.

Creating Your Personal Sleep Revolution

Creating a healthier, happier life doesn't need to be complicated. By simply incorporating an adaptive sleep system, my recommended choice is the Kenko Naturest Sleep System, into our bed and adding the sleep tips suggested in my first and previous articles, we will begin to create our personal revolution that will change our culture, our thinking, our workplaces, and our lives.

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Please share this Third Metric article with your friends and significant others. To find out more about the Third Metric & Sleep read Thrive, Chapter One, 'A New Blueprint: Time to Renovate the Architecture of Our Lives'. To find out more about the Kenko Naturest Sleep System contact Jackie at; thrive.huffpost@gmail.com