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City napping their way to peak performance

City have brought in sleep pods to aid their pre-season training as the players take naps to help their mental and physical performance.

The EnergyPods at the Robins High Performance Centre allow players to select a nap length and provides relaxing sounds before waking them up with a combination of lights and vibration.

City’s Head of Medical Performance Dave Rennie said: “It’s important that the players have enough rest, especially on days when we have a morning and an afternoon session, and the pods are a way of helping them physically but also mentally.

“A 30-minute nap has been proven to have a beneficial effect on cognitive performance and mood state as well as improving performance during short-duration exercise. “It’s very much up to the players to manage their use of the pods but the option is there and a few of them are using them and feeling the benefits.”

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