We caught up with Northern Mystics and Silver Ferns Netball Star, Bailey Mes, to find out how she is getting on with her new Sealy Posturepedic Exquisite bed and to find out how sleep can make all the difference in sport.
What’s your training regime like?
Very, very busy! During the netball season (April to July) we have one to two games a week, as well as two team training sessions of four hours, and two to three weight sessions. Our game days are Sunday, Monday or Wednesday, which might fall as many as nine days or as little as three days apart. When there’s a short turnaround, we need a lot more recovery time. We attend regular yoga sessions to help us relax.
Is it hard to sleep after a game?
After a game, you’re so wired, as you don’t usually get off the court until 9.30pm, then you have to warm down and it’s usually midnight (at the earliest) before I get to sleep. It’s hard to get to sleep post game, but a great bed helps! Sometimes I’ll watch the game back, but that isn’t always a great way to relax. It’s also much harder to sleep after a loss …
What are your thoughts of sleeping on a Sealy Posturepedic Exquisite bed?
It’s amazing! I’ve graduated from my flatmates slat bed to a Sealy Posturepedic Exquisite bed and I can absolutely tell the difference. There’s nothing better than getting into a new, freshly made, comfy and supportive bed.
Why is a great rest and good night’s sleep so important in sport? And for your general well-being and mindfulness?
It impacts everything, you don’t get as much out of anything you do if you’re tired. You won’t get the most out of your training and ultimately won’t enjoy what you’re doing as your body won’t recover as fast - you’re constantly playing catch-up. Mentally everything feels and seems a bit harder too.
What are you reading and/or listening and watching at the moment?
I’m studying a diploma in Digital Photography extramurally. I moved back to Auckland in December, and although it was hard to leave Christchurch, I’m glad I made the change. However, it means I’m reading a lot of course notes! I love the Stolen books too, which are all handwritten or illustrated – nothing digital, all analog. I’m also reading a typography book, which I find interesting, although I’m not sure everyone would? Listening to music is a big one for me too, it helps me hype up when I need to, then also helps me relax, depending on the tune. I have a lot of playlists, depending on my mood, and listen to a bit of everything. I appreciate folk music when I’m resting, relaxing, reading in bed.
What’s your favourite quote or motto you live by?
I found a quote by Jim Elliot and I wrote it down because I think it’s important ‘wherever you are, be all there’. I’m also a big fan of ‘feel the fear and do it anyway’.
Anything else you’d like to add?
You come to appreciate the down time being so active – so it’s nice to have an amazing new Sealy Posturepedic Exquisite bed to enjoy my recovery in.
Find out more about the Sealy Posturepedic Exquisite bed Bailey is sleeping on here.