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SWEET DREAMS

Sleep guru Nick Littlehales explains why sleep is so important to swim performance and how to ensure you get the best night’s sleep

Nick Littlehales

HOW IMPORTANT IS SLEEP TO EFFECTIVE TRAINING AND RECOVERY?

Sleep is far more important than people realise and it is often taken for granted. Not only does sleep affect you mentally and physically but it also affects your performance in the water, which is why it is so important to ensure you get a good quality sleep. Ultimately, the better quality sleep that you have, the better you will be able to work out. However, you do need to redefine your approach to achieve sleep quality.

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It's time to get back in the water! With spring finally here read our guide on how to safely enjoy swimming outdoors – plus our top tips on sea swimming. Our Gear section this issue features our choice of training aids to help you tune up your technique so you can make the most of this month's training sessions from coach Fiona Ford on open water skills. We celebrate open water icon Marilyn Bell and the 1954 marathon swim that turned her into a global swimming star. But outdoor swimming isn’t all about massive distances – we also hear about a swim revival in the Czech Republic in memory of a Holocaust survivor and meet the swimmers of Henley Open Water Swimming Club. Plus: full event listings to plan your summer swims, nutrition, injury prevention, event reviews, news, interviews and more of your stunning photography and swim stories.