India Ready To Counter Sleeping Problem At The Olympics

If an athlete is deprived of a good sleep it might affect his or her performance. The role of sound sleep becomes more important when it comes to Olympics.

A good night’s sleep is a vital but very less talked about aspect in the life of an athlete as it helps them to rejuvenate for the challenges that lie ahead. If an athlete is deprived of a good sleep it might affect his or her performance in the long run. The role of sound sleep becomes more important when it comes to a global sporting event like the Olympics for which the athletes give it their all to achieve the ultimate glory.

India Ready To Counter Sleeping Problem At The Olympics

The Past

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If we take the case of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics it was reported that India’s golden boy Neeraj Chopra had to face difficulty sleeping due to jet lag, anxiety, and various other reasons. Not only Neeraj but other athletes also complained about the same issue. Reacting to this the IOC has decided to send an expert with the Indian contingent for the Paris Olympics 2024. Dr. Monika Sharma an expert in optimising sleep for performance and recovery in sportspersons will be traveling with the team.

The Aim

When asked about what her aim with the Indian contingent would be Dr. Shatma said “The aim essentially is to develop an environment which is sleep conducive. The Olympic Village is a stressful environment; not ideal sleeping conditions. We will support and help the athletes in coping with the challenges and mitigate their consequences.”

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The Awareness

Talking about what are the specific things that she would tell the athletes Dr. Sharma said she would focus on making the players aware of the quality of sleep rather than the hours of sleep. In the words of Dr. Sharma “At this level, where skills and expertise are pretty high, athletes are looking to get an edge. Getting optimum sleep, and restorative sleep definitely gives them that edge. We want to remove any element of luck and unpredictability,” she said.

The Time Span 

Another challenge for the Indian contingent at the Paris Olympics would be the long duration of days which is the case in Europe where the sun sets after 11 PM and rises as early as 4 AM thereby making it tough for the athlete to get an adequate amount of sleep.

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The Preparation

Dr Sharma is confident of countering that aspect as well. According to Dr. Monika Sharma, “We are gearing up to cover this aspect. We are designing a travel sleep kit for our athletes to make them comfortable. It will have sleep masks, travel pillows, and ear plugs, among other things,” Dr Sharma said. “Another novel investment we are making is we are also looking at providing them with sleep pods. They are an additional opportunity for athletes to down-regulate and supplement their sleep, which we know will be compromised to some extent.”

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