"Baseball is ninety percent mental. The other half is physical." - Yogi Berra
Truer words were never spoken. This quote pretty much sums up my excitement about our latest sleep tech collaboration with not just one but TWO Major League Baseball teams!
What we’ve announced today is a truly unique new partner program between ChiliSleep and the Cincinnati Reds and the Seattle Mariners professional sports teams.
In this post I’m breaking down the details of exactly HOW ChiliSleep’s customized sleep solutions are helping these dedicated athletes to minimize their travel fatigue, boost cognitive function, and improve on-field performance.
As Yogi Berra noted, the mental piece is huge. From the Little League fields to MLB stadiums, bad sleep can affect how any ballplayer performs on the field. Nothing interferes with mental acuity and strike-zone judgment like a bad night of sleep! That’s where we come in, and we couldn’t be more excited to help both the Reds and the Mariners get better sleep quality all season long.
Curious to learn more? Here are 5 fast facts you need to know.
1. Sleep is a recipe best served cold.
We know a thing or two about getting better sleep, and the #1 scientifically proven tip is that cold sleep is the best sleep! Cold sleep is critical for deep sleep -- the human body needs to drop its core temperature by about 3°F to initiate sleep and then stay asleep. The OOLER is an advanced, temperature-regulated mattress pad that creates that drop in body temperature to enter or enhance the deep sleep stage. So as part of this new program with the Reds and Mariners, we gave players an OOLER sleep system to quickly decrease core body temperature to trigger deep sleep. In addition, we provided customized travel kits and a travel case to easily transport their new sleep gear, which makes it easier to get consistently great sleep night after night, whether sleeping at home or in a hotel room. Players can set a temperature as low as 55°F (13°C) and use the OOLER’s app scheduling feature to set and adjust sleep schedules that change throughout the night.
2. Sleep boosts immunity.
Being in the professional sports world, the Reds and the Mariners management teams knew that deep sleep has restorative powers, including strengthened immune systems. That’s another big reason why they looked into the OOLER. The benefits of quality sleep can not be overstated, especially when it comes to keeping the players healthy, despite long hours playing games in the summer heat, grueling travel schedules, and lots of jet lag as they fly from one ballpark to the next. When the players’ bodies are well-rested, they’re able to replenish glycogen stores, increase human growth hormone (HGH), raise testosterone levels, reduce inflammation, and boost motor skill development, among other benefits.
3. Sleep helps with injury prevention.
As MLB injuries are on the rise this season, each team was also eager to place an even greater importance on sleep to aid soft tissue repair and shorten recovery time. Injury prevention and mitigation strategies are critical to both the Reds and the Mariners. By using the OOLER, the players can help to limit the wear-and-tear, and the additional sleep coaching element from ChiliSleep works to connect with the players, providing what they need for optimal preparation and recovery. Beyond the Reds and Mariners, lots of other professional athletes rely on our products to keep them fit and strong. The MLB's Mark Melancon, professional NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace, and the NBA's Udonis Haslem prioritize their sleep regimen and recovery with the OOLER.
4. Sleep adds to player longevity.
In addition to improving plate discipline, the collaboration with ChiliSleep will add to player longevity because better sleep naturally improves how well, and how long, they play. Worth noting is a former study by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine that showed players' strike-zone judgment got worse over the course of an MLB season. For example, the study showed the rates were worse in September than in April for 24 out of 30 teams! This means that almost all cognitive mistakes that happen on the baseball field are tied to fatigue -- the exhaustion just isn’t there in April. Sleep deficit develops over the course of the season for many professional baseball players.
5. Sleep quality improves players’ workouts.
Sleep is critical for professional baseball players because they can’t get the most out of workouts when they’re tired. In addition to using the OOLER, our new program with the Reds and Mariners is offering resources and access to customized wellness tips. This gives players an edge when it comes to maximizing both their physical and mental training. As the Cincinnati Reds Starting Pitcher Jeff Hoffman says: “Sleep definitely starts the cycle of our day, and for us to get the most out of our day, we have to get a good night.”
Final Thoughts: Your Turn to Sleep Like an MVP
Ready to sleep like some of today’s top professional athletes? You deserve to sleep better, because to your family and friends, you're their most valuable player and deserving of total wellness.
As you’ve now learned, sleep quality is tied to a strong immune system and better health. Whether you’re a professional athlete or not, sleep debt can happen to anyone and negatively impact your health. According to Harvard Health Publishing, sleep debt is often an overlooked factor when considering chronic disease risk, including hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, and even death.
Because every sleeper is unique, ChiliSleep offers a range of innovative sleep tech products to meet a variety of needs. You can choose from two different temperature-controlled mattress pads along with the world’s only hydro-capable weighted blanket:
- Our original cooling or heating mattress pad: Cube with ChiliPad Cool Mesh
- Our advanced, app-controlled version: OOLER with ChiliPad Cool Mesh
- Our 15-pound (cooling or warming) weighted blanket: chiliBLANKET
Plus, both the Cube and OOLER come in ‘Me’ and ‘We’ sizes for coverage on either half of the bed or the whole bed. This means that you and your partner can program the right temperature for each side of the bed (no more arguing over raising or lowering the whole house thermostat!). We also offer a 30-day sleep trial and free shipping and returns.
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