Rowing champ gets going with Lumie Bodyclock

Lumie has been involved with British Rowing as an associate since last autumn so we're pleased to see the athletes are taking on board the benefits of light therapy. In today's Telegraph, Team GB rower Pete Reid talks about how his Lumie Bodyclock helps him to cope with the early morning starts required for Olympic training:

Pete Reed, 32, who won gold medals in the coxless four at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, wakes up at 6.30am every morning to complete the gruelling training required for Olympic glory. He says he loathes mornings just as much as the rest of us. “The public often think that Olympian rowers are superhuman, but we struggle as well,” confesses Reed. “In rowing, we have a training programme that is literally every day, and all day, and it can be extremely tough to motivate yourself in the morning, especially when it’s dark and cold.”

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So what is the secret to conquering laziness and getting up early for a pre-work work-out, when every molecule of your being wants to slap the snooze button and wallow in bed? The answer is a mixture of good planning, smart technology, and old-fashioned motivational discipline, according to Reed. “Above all, it’s the quality of your sleep that matters because the better your sleep, the easier it is to get up in the morning. We have a physiologist who talks regularly to the team about sleep quality and we wear watches which monitor our body movements in the night to see how well we’re sleeping. If it’s not going well, we’ll change things and try to improve. You can do the same with apps on your phone that monitor sleep patterns and ensure your body is achieving its full sleep cycles - which are normally split into 90 minute blocks throughout the night - without interruption.”

Technology can also help you to slay the morning gremlins. “I use a Lumie alarm clock,” says Reed. “It simulates dawn by producing light. Half an hour before my alarm goes off the room starts to get lighter and my body is slowly roused into a waking state so it doesn’t feel unnatural when finally the alarm goes off.” The light signals your body to stop producing sleep hormones like melatonin and to increase energising hormones like cortisol so you find it easier to get up and out the door.

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January 29 2014

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