- Pete Reed - How Alpaca Comfort has helped improve an Olympic athletes
Pete Reed - How Alpaca Comfort has helped improve an Olympic athletes performance
Pete Reed, three-time Olympic and five-time World Champion is truly one of the most successful individuals in Team GB's rowing history. We are delighted to announce that since trying one of our alpaca duvets, Pete has reported that he is getting an amazing night's sleep.
We couldn't pass by the opportunity to ask him a little bit more about his Olympic journey.
Since making the decision to go for fourth Olympics, you’ve had to take time out for hip surgery. How do you keep yourself positive and focussed when facing challenges like this?
I had to completely change my targets without changing my mindset. By remaining determined to improve you can celebrate daily wins. On the first day post op, my target was to move, pain free. By day three, I was walking without crutches and on the fourth I was on the bike. When improvements are being made this quickly it is easy to stay positive and excited. My body was healing so well. I was not in the shape to win the Olympics, but it wasn‘t about that. Be realistic. Lowering the bar, from a position of strength, is a very courageous thing to do and stops you from losing focus.
Are there lessons you have learnt on your journey to becoming an Olympian that you use in everyday life?
Very definitely. These aren‘t lessons that are secrets for Olympians either - I learned them from my parents, siblings and friends. I learnt them at school, in the Royal Navy and at university.
Hard work is it‘s own reward. It is nothing to be scared of and you don‘t have to be anything that you are not to start working hard. Work hard, get tired, stop - recover professionally, work hard again, this time for a bit longer. Stop, rest. Repeat. Progress. Daily progress.
I have learned so much about people too. How to work as a team and how to get the most out of people. Everyone is different and that is a very good thing. People react differently and prioritise differently. We are motivated in different ways. Life is about people and non of us can get a gold medal in life by ourselves. Be kind. Be patient. Be humble. We are all fallible. Always help those who are vulnerable and treat them with respect.
That is all you really need in life. Or at the Olympics.
Why is it important for you to get a good nights’ sleep?
Performance is everything to me. Two things are needed in perfect balance to perform: Training and Recovery. My coach handles training. It is my job to handle recovery. Very basically, that is nutrition and rest. For me, rest is down-time happiness and sleep. Sleep is a top tier recovery tool - the harder you train, the more you need to let your body‘s chemistry do it‘s repair work. If I get 10 hours sleep in any 24, I can do anything. Do not scrimp open your sleeping environment!
You have previously said that 9 hours’ sleep in 24 hours is good for you and 10 hours’ sleep is perfect. What steps do you take to get the best, uninterrupted sleep? [any suggestions for switching off from over thinking especially]
Sleep is a personal thing. When I am not training I don’t need anywhere near that much. Getting daily exercise really helps sleep. Try exercising in the morning and then going to work and putting a full day in. Eat you main meal for breakfast after training. A decent lunch and then a smaller dinner at least 3 hours before you turn in. Try your best not to watch TV or use your phone or tablet within an hour of going to bed. A „no screens in the bedroom“ is a really nice rule. Leave your phone chargers in the living room and put them on charge outside before going to bed.
How have your Alpaca Comfort duvet and pillows improved your performance?
I sleep using Alpaca Comfort duvets and pillows so that I don‘t have to worry about allergens or getting sweaty. I sleep so well! The duvet looks a bit thinner than down, but it is heavier and so feels very secure and comforting whilst being plenty warm enough. My sleep quality and duration has improved and my breathing also which I am sure is related to the natural fibres being naturally resistant to mites. Better sleep, better recovery, better training, better performance. It is an easy win.
So, Paris 2024, what news?
One at a time my friends. One at a time. Going to one is hard enough - Tokyo 2020 will be my fourth time around and I will be nearly 40. I think I might be commentating in Paris. Oui Oui.
6 tips for a good night’s sleep from Pete Reed, Olympic Gold Medallist
- Stay organised and positive in your personal life. This is crucial for your mental and physical health. It will also help you for number 2.
- Get into a sleep routine. Have a bed time and a lights out. Have a daily alarm that you stick to. The body clock will thank you.
- Put a note book and pen by your bedside. If your mind is racing, jot it all down. This brain dump will help you nod off. In the morning, you can action those important points or just see that it was a load of old clutter and waffle.
- Get a good mattress, sheets and duvet. Then keep them clean. Wash and dry your sheets on a high temperature once a week - use that antibacterial soap if you can find it in the supermarket. Stay on top of your hygiene.
- Have a cool, quiet and dark sleeping environment.
- Don‘t eat a lot close to going to bed. Cut down on alcohol and caffeine. Stay well hydrated early in the day - drink little and often.