This will shock many athletes: What you do in training likely has little to no impact on your next-day recovery. The common wisdom about recovery, especially sleep, needs a major update. So we sat down wit Kristen Holmes, WHOOP‘s VP of Performance, to separate fact from fiction on deep sleep, caffeine consumption, foods that help and hurt sleep, muscle repair, and what tracking HRV can tell us about how rested you really are.
A special thanks to WHOOP for sponsoring this episode!
In this episode of the BarBend Podcast, host David Thomas Tao talks to Kristen Holmes about:
- The main thing most people get wrong about sleep, and how to listen to your body (2:14)
- Optimizing your sleep hygiene, especially for athletic recovery (4:31)
- The Do’s and Don’ts of caffeine consumption (7:44)
- Naps as a superpower (and how long to nap for) (9:30)
- Timing your nutrition with sleep, and foods to avoid before sleep (14:12)
- Foods that can actually improve sleep (14:49)
- Hydration around bedtime versus all day long (18:19)
- Honing in sleep around busy travel schedules, particularly for athletes on the road (20:00)
- Counteracting the negative impact of digital screens on sleep (22:51)
- The counterintuitive truth about next-day recovery (25:20)
- How the body repairs muscles during sleep (27:55)
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