In 2008, Usain Bolt broke records at the Beijing Olympics by being the first person in history to hold both the 100m and 200m world records. By the 2012 Olympics, Bolt became the first man in history to win 6 Olympic gold medals in sprinting.

So what does Bolt consider to be the most important part of his daily training regime? None other than sleep.

“Sleep is extremely important to me – I need to rest and recover in order for the training I do to be absorbed by my body” – Usain Bolt.

As you can see, adequate sleep is very important for everyone. Here are a few tips to ensure you maximize your sleep before the big race:

  • Quiet and dark environment
  • Maintain cool room temperature (65-68 F)
  • Establish consistent sleep routine
  • Eliminate electronics from the bedroom
  • Avoid excessive food/fluid intake prior to sleep
  • Limit caffeine ingestion in the evening
  • Supplemental napping for no longer than 30 minutes
  • Establish a goal of 8-10 hours of sleep per night



J.D. Boudreaux, PT, SCS, LAT, ATC

Clinical Director

MTS Physical Therapy and Wellness

327 Iberia Street Ste. B

Youngsville, LA 70592