The ability to manage sleep in ultra trails, lasting one or more nights, is essential to avoid compromising the race result or, worse, seriously injuring yourself.
In fact, sleep deprivation causes a loss of concentration that can lead to losing the race track or an injury. In many cases, especially if you have arrived at the race tired from a long trip or heavy work in the past weeks, you risk to fall asleep on the trail without realizing it and getting hurt or experience hypothermia. In many cases, hallucinations arise. In these situations, the athlete does not realize that he is passing from the waking state to the sleeping state and interprets reality in the most disparate ways. The state of hallucination in trail running competitions is even more dangerous than the stroke of sleep because it can cause the athlete to make dangerous decisions for himself.
All these situations cannot always be avoided, but you can try to prevent them. Here are some tips to anticipate sleep problems.
MINI-GUIDE for sleep management in trail running competitions:
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Digital Strategic Marketing Director – certified Innovation Manager – in multinational companies, she is still today the only Italian female athlete to have ran 900 km and 55,000m D+ in the mountains in a single stage race (Transpyrenea 2016, 3rd women overall). She counts numerous Podiums and international Victories on races over 100k. She holds a SNaQ CONI certification as a Trail Running Coach, Athletic Trainer and in Nutrition and Sports Supplementation. Since 2014 she is President and sports executive of innovative technology startups and companies, including Trail Running Movement and Digital Sport 360. She trains elite trail running athletes and she teaches in trail running coach certification courses. She is an author of sports articles on training, nutrition and supplementation in trail running and running, both in Italian and in English and Spanish. She manages relationships and collaborations with Federations and Race Organizers.