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Do You Need A 'Fitness' Mattress?

The specialty beds are garnering buzz. We asked an expert to weigh in.

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If you consider that sleep is the best form of recovery, it’s fair to ponder the importance of slumber’s prime accessory, the mattress. But while we’ve been given ample tools that supply an edge during our (daytime) training sessions (trackers, foam rollers, footwear), experts have been fine-tuning nighttime equipment.

Companies like Bear Mattress, IRONMAN, Reverie, Somnium and ReST are turning the oft-overlooked mattress industry into a mecca for rejuvenation, offering customized beds coveted by pro athletes; recovery technology integrated into memory foam; and cool, comfortable sleep products all aimed at the athlete.

But do the fit really need “fit beds”? “Athletes need to create a situation where they’re excited to get in bed because their bed is set up for them,” says W. Christopher Winter, M.D., medical director of the Martha Jefferson Sleep Medicine Center in Charlottesville, Virginia, who consults elite athletes on sleep.

Make sure your sleep chamber is a recovery-boosting sanctuary with these pro tips: