MICHAEL PHELPS

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Body and Soul - - SLEEP SPECIAL -

The great­est-ever Olympian, in terms of medal haul, was fa­mous for his crazy diet, which in­volved 33,000-42,000 kilo­joules per day. But he also placed a lot of im­por­tance on sleep, and would rest up in a high-altitude sleep­ing cham­ber, which mim­icked the air at 2590-2743m (over 300m higher than Mount Kosciuszko). The cham­ber ap­par­ently boosted Phelps’ per­for­mance by mak­ing his body work hard. Es­sen­tially, he was train­ing even while he slept. Tiger Woods is an­other said to use this sleep­ing sys­tem.

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