Better Sleep Case Study: Ben Glynn, Professional Rugby Player

Ben Glynn needs to pay more attention than most to his physical conditioning. At 6ft 6 and 19 stone, the experienced Second Row Forward prioritises support and alignment in a mattress to help him rest and recover. We caught up with the big man to talk about the intensity of his day job, rupturing his ACL and staying cool at night.

Ben discovered rugby at the age of 13 and in 2009 he moved from his childhood club, Old Patesians, to join the academy at Bristol RFC. A hardworking and honest player, the highlight of his career to date has been helping the West Country team achieve promotion back to the Premiership in 2016.

After nearly a decade at the club, Ben decided to make the move to Harlequins this season, joining the likes of Danny Care, Mike Brown, Chris Robshaw and Jamie Roberts at the The Stoop.

Asked about his weekly training schedule, Ben says:

“Our typical week consists of 3-4 on field training sessions, 2-3 weights sessions, a team run through and a match at the weekend. This is spread over 5 days with usually Wednesday and Sunday off.”

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LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 02: Ben Glynn of Harlequins runs with the ball during the Aviva Premiership match between London Irish and Harlequins at Twickenham Stadium on September 2, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Ben admits that injuries are unfortunately part and parcel of the modern game. But he says that putting in the right training and placing emphasis on conditioning work and recovery is necessary to protect the body. He says:

“Our training requires us to work at high intensity throughout the week – not just on game day. Without efficient recovery strategies it would be extremely tough to get through a season without picking up a lot of injuries or suffering a drop in performance.

“Obviously, it’s impossible to completely remove the chance of injury. I’ve suffered a few over the course of my career – most notably a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). But I’m lucky enough to have worked with some great medical teams and they’ve ensured that I have returned to action without any ongoing problems.”

When it comes to sleep, Ben admits that he follows a strict regime consisting of seven and a half hours a night with an additional afternoon nap when he’s recovering from a match or tough training day. Without the right quality and quantity of sleep Ben explains that it is near impossible to focus and reach the necessary intensity to perform at the highest level.

“Fortunately I’m a very deep sleeper and don’t usually struggle to get my full complement. I’ve slept through storms, earthquakes and numerous alarms. Once I’m out, nothing really bothers me.

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HERZOGENAURACH, GERMANY – AUGUST 02 (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images for Harlequins)

“I definitely prefer a cooler sleeping environment, though. When I’m away from home I need a supportive mattress that won’t cause me to overheat – and that’s what I like most about Mammoth. I’d always preferred foam mattresses in the past but the thing that always bothered me was the heat generated at night. Mammoth’s cooling technology really appealed to me when I heard about the brand through the RPA, so I visited Somerset Beds to give the range a test drive.

“I opted for a Kingsize Performance 240 in the end. I’ve really enjoyed the quality of sleep I get with my Mammoth mattress. It is comfortable yet supportive and I feel both fresh and aligned when I wake up. It is also noticeably cooler than other foam mattresses I have slept on.

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