Could air quality be impacting your athletic performance?

Could air quality be impacting your athletic performance?

If you’re an athlete, staying at the top of your game is essential. It’s crucial to stay hydrated, fuel your body with the nutrients it needs, and get adequate rest each night. However, there’s one influential factor in athletic performance that isn’t commonly discussed – air quality. Air pollution can have a significant impact on the body’s ability to stay agile and maintain stamina, which is why it’s important for athletes to prioritize clean air in their homes and surroundings when possible.

Air pollution has been deemed the “new tobacco,” as 91% of the world’s population live in areas with above average air pollution levels. Studies have found a significant correlation with key pollutant Nitrogen Oxide (NO²) and the performance of runners in six major marathons. Other studies have found that both outdoor and indoor air pollution diminishes cognitive function, which is increasingly concerning given the large amount of time people spend indoors.

When there are high amounts of particulate matter in the air, the respiratory and cardiovascular systems experience inflammation in the airways and vascular system. Particulate matter also causes oxidative stress on these systems, which puts more stress on the body’s antioxidant defence system against free radicals. When athletes are exposed to air pollution, their body spends its effort defending itself against these free radicals, rather than performing at its peak athletically.

The impacts of air pollution extend beyond the respiratory and cardiovascular system. Poor air quality has been found to detriment the quality and duration of sleep. Quality sleep is essential for muscle recovery and maintenance of energy levels, particularly in athletes.

The AirTulip Sleep has been designed to ensure that whether you’re an athlete, a nurse, a mom, a CEO, or a small business owner, you can rest easy knowing you’re breathing in clean air while you sleep. Perform at your peak – no matter what challenges you might face in your day.

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Matthew Judon, NFL linebacker for the New England Patriots, has been using the AirTulip Sleep to stay at the top of his game this football season. For Judon, feeling energized is essential. As a known strategic linebacker with incredible speed and power, he has to prepare for his performance both on and off the field. Using sleep science as his secret weapon, he's found the AirTulip Sleep to be an essential part of his training and recovery routine.

“I have been waking up a lot easier, because my sleep is deeper, and I am now waking up more energetic.” - Matthew Judon

Now, Judon can wake up knowing he's prepared to be at the top of his game. With clean air and a better night's sleep, he can stay sharp and agile both on and off the field.

No matter what the day throws at you, the AirTulip Sleep is designed to make you ready for whatever comes next. Curious? Learn more here.