Meghan Beesley is a Great Britain 400-metre hurdler who competes at the highest level in the IAAF Diamond League. When she’s not travelling around the world to compete, Meghan is based in Loughborough in the UK and loves to catch up on her rest on her Mammoth Performance 220 Firm.
We sat down with Meghan to talk about training 6 days a week, eye masks and optimum sleep temperatures.
Can you tell us a little bit about your background and how you got into athletics?
I live in Loughborough and have been here since 2008 when I came to University here to Study Maths and Sport Science. I graduated in 2012 and have been an athlete ever since (initially with various part-time jobs to support running).
I started athletics as I loved to run and won a year’s free membership to my local club. One day I was training for the triple jump when my training partner got them out for practising. I asked my coach if I could try it and it just felt very natural. Four weeks later I had won a medal at the English School Championships and I never looked back.
Can you describe the event you compete in and the kind of competitions you are involved in and what your typical fitness regime involves?
I compete at Diamond League races around the world in the 400-metre hurdles. I also compete at World Challenge events, which are the next level down and European Permit meets. I tend to race 15-20 times throughout the summer. I train 6 days a week, 2 weights sessions, 3-4 running sessions (such as 300m or Starts to the final hurdle), conditioning circuits x2, technical hurdles/ running x2 a week.
What is the hardest thing about your sport?
Training hard 6 days a week 11 months a year and not performing at my best on some occasions can be hard.
Mammoth mattresses are known for their health benefits, particularly for people recovering from injury or looking to make performance gains. How important do you consider rest time and recovery as part of your training regime, do you notice the benefits of good sleep and how many hours of sleep do you aim for a night?
Rest and Recovery has always been very important to me. I love to sleep in silence and complete darkness, so I wear ear plugs and use an eye mask each night. I aim to have 8-9 hour of sleep whenever possible. If I don’t achieve this, I do feel tired and I find training more challenging.
As you have travelled to a lot to competitions in your sport, what do you consider to be a must-have to ensure a good night’s sleep away from home, and do you have an optimum environment to sleep in?
Cool 18-20 degrees is optimum for me. I love a quiet environment and a comfy bed.
How did you find out about Mammoth mattresses and what attracted you to the brand in the first place?
My mattress wasn’t very firm and I wanted something firmer to suit my body. I found Mammoth mattress was endorsed by many athletes and I liked what I read about them. So I tried one out in-store and thought it was extremely comfortable.
Can you tell us which mattress mode you own and what you think of your Mammoth?
I have a Mammoth Performance 220 Firm and I’ve loved every minute I’ve spent on it. It’s great to have firm support for my back and have really great quality sleep. Recently I have been recovering from a lot of jetlag and travel so it has been especially helpful.
If you could have a (purely platonic) late night chat with anyone, dead or alive, who’d be worth losing sleep over – and why?
Tom Bosworth – Britain’s top race walker. Love him and can just spend all night talking.
Meghan Beesley bought her mattress from Colourbank Carpets and Beds in Leicester.