Sleeping is a crucial part of relaxation and recovery of the body. Medical and holistic journals have long established that humans need at least six to eight hours of sleep daily.
This is even more important for those who are engaged in high-performance activities, such as athletes.
And the Philippines’ very own winning men’s national Rugby team, also fondly called Philippine Volcanoes, is no exception. Rugby is considered as a high-performance contact sport. Its members attest to the kind of intensity it requires both during practice and matches.
“Our training is very hard because ours is such a fast sport. It has such high intensity with a lot of running, speed work, tackling, pressure work and contact. So, we have to train like we play,” team member Evan Spargo says.
When they have training camps for an upcoming tournament, the Volcanoes train for two hours twice a day. The past months have been busy for the team as they’ve participated in the Asia Rugby Sevens series. They’ll be back in the high-intensity training camp in the coming days in preparation for the Tokyo 2020 qualifiers by the end of the year.
This is the reason they have to have their much-needed rest and relaxation.
“Sleep is essential to keep us focused when preparing for a game and helps a lot for our recovery,” chimed Jaime Chuidian.
The team’s general manager Jake Letts, who also once played as a Volcano, related.
“I would just like to point out the challenges that these guys go through, since they are provided with only the basics when we go to camp or training or even when we travel to compete. The team receives a regular mattress and a pillow, and I know that these are not the most comfortable things to have especially after training two to four hours daily; add that to having to travel when they compete,” he said.
That’s why he and the team, as well as the women’s national Rugby team, are thankful for the support of Tempur, a manufacturer and distributor of mattresses and pillows.
It was in the 1970s when the National Aeronautics and Space Administration or NASA developed a pressure absorbing material to help cushion and support astronauts during lift-off. Scientists working at what would become Tempur production facilities perfected this material for use in sleep products. Today, it is the only mattress and pillow brand licensed by the US Space Foundation to use the Certified Technology Seal.
Aside from the mattresses and pillows, it has also developed innovations that further enhance the sleeping experience.
Its Tempur Travel set is a portable sleep system for all those who cannot leave behind the comfort of their Tempur mattress and pillow. It includes a roll-up travel topper and ergonomic pillow made with Tempur material that are designed for better support at the back, neck and shoulder area. It is easy to carry and store, is designed to offer a good night’s sleep even when on the go.
“Having Tempur Travel set will allow them to get the required amount of sleep to energize them before a game and help them to recover more quickly after,” Letts enthused.