If you want to deliver your personal best, more often than not, then it’s got to be down to sleep
Back in the late 90's, Nick Littlehales contacted Alex Ferguson to offer his unique skillset in order to assist the Manchester United players with their sleep. Ever the forward thinker, Ferguson took Nick up on his offer and invited him to Carrington to work with the squad. Subsequently Nick has worked with some of the most renowned athletes in the world, and has assisted the likes of Team Sky, and the England national team.
We talk to Nick today about his work in professional sport, the importance of sleep for recovery, as well as the impact sleep can have on your mental health. We also touch on the immense pressure and scrutiny that top athletes are under, and what effect that has on their sleeping patterns.
You'll also discover why pillows might not as important a bedroom accessory as you might have thought, and what actually happens when you eat cheese before bed.
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If you have been affected by any of the themes discussed in today's episode, we have listed some organisations below who are there if you need to talk:
Samaritans Call 116 132 for free
Papyrus UK Call 0800 068 41 41
CALM ZONE 0800 58 58 58
MIND 0300 123 3393
The Kaleidoscope Plus Group 0800 059 0123