Taking Sleep Is Important To Win Long Races

Doctor Jean-Yves Chauve is associated with the Vendee Globe event since its inception.


He shared some good tips to win the solo round-the-world race of the Vendee Globe, in which he said, one should take proper sleep while sailing such races and this is the key to success. The biggest challenge comes across to the participants of Vendee Globe solo-round-the-world is lack of sleep.

The 67 year old Chauve said, “In the event the biggest challenge is to remain own for over two months. It is the event that requires healthy body and mind. Sleep is the one thing that can give that. It does the recovery of sailor while tackling with tough conditions. In this type of races, recuperation is the key to success and a vital part of performance.”

Citing the example of France’s sailor Armel Le Cleac’h he said that Cleach won the race in record time. But, it is very likely that he is suffering from sleep deprivation. After facing terrible weather conditions on the way this is very normal.

“In a race of this type, when a sailor is sleeping, he/she is actually performing” said Chave. “Imagine you are riding the nonstop Tour de France and sleeping on your bike or the rally of Dakar and sleeping while the car is at 150 kmph — Vendee Globe is same, sleep does the recovery and increase concentration,” he said.

“Sailors who do not take proper sleep will likely feel nostalgia after being in extreme conditions like what was there in the Atlantic Ocean for so long. Because of the humidity, the sailor may develop skin problems and will struggle to have normal sleep,” he said.

“A sailor may take weeks, or months to rediscover normal sleep and get back to a normal lifestyle.”


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