How does Wendy Holdener sleep?

Published on Jan 9, 2020
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The subject of sleep is very important to Wendy Holdener....

Wendy and sleep

The subject of sleep is very important to Wendy Holdener. After all, she knows that only by having a good night's sleep and feeling sufficiently restored will she have the energy she needs to complete her intensive training program and achieve top rankings in the Ski World Cup. But how does Wendy get enough sleep and recovery? This is just what we asked her.

Back, stomach or side sleeper

How does Wendy Holdener sleep? On your back, on your stomach or on your side?

Wendy: "I sleep on my back and would describe myself as more of a calm late riser who also likes to go to bed early. That’s because sleep is very important in my ‘job’."

Problems falling asleep

Even we at riposa are familiar with the problem. Sometimes we just can't fall asleep. What do you do when you can’t nod off?

Wendy: "The day before a race, I make a plan for race day again while I’m in bed and go through everything in peace. Afterwards I try to fall asleep quickly with some breathing exercises, or with the help of good old valerian drops. They’re always a safe bet.” 😊

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Back and sleep position analysis
Wendy received input from Swiss Sleep Science for optimal recovery.

Wendy's secret

What is your secret to a good night's sleep?

Wendy: "My secret is mostly that I sleep a lot. 😊 And if my daily schedule allows, I also like to take a nap during the day. That way I can bank even more energy for training."

Taking your own duvet to Argentina

Of course, ski races are not only held in Switzerland. That means always sleeping in different bedrooms and different beds. How do you deal with it?

Wendy: "When I'm on the road I usually bring my own pillow. It’s also not unheard of for me to take my duvet with me. In certain places, for example at our training location in Argentina, the beds only have sheets and no duvets.”

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