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You Snooze, You Win

How a high-tech mattress could optimize your golf game

By Deanna Pai

You Snooze, You Win

By Deanna Pai

You choose irons that work best for your grip. You buy a golf bag that has all the right pockets. While it might seem obvious to invest in designs that will have you doing victory laps around the course, your sleep quality probably doesn’t factor in. But your mattress can really make a difference—not only in how well you sleep but also in how well you play the next day. Airweave claims that their science-backed mattresses could keep you cooler, minimize aches and pains, and maybe even mean more birdies on the course. Here’s how.

Airweave founder Motokuni Takaoka didn’t set out to optimize your golf game. He created the brand’s revolutionary mattress, structured from a fishing line-esque plastic called airfiber®, after experiencing sleep issues following a car accident. In his search for comfort, he engineered the mattress to offer firm support that reduced his own aches and pains.

This is, in part, possible thanks to its one-of-a-kind construction. “airfiber® is a unique material because it’s very resilient, and it supports you from all angles,” explains Vanessa Rojas, marketing director at Airweave. You won’t sink into an Airweave mattress, and research conducted by the company has found that rolling over on it may require less muscle activity than doing so on a memory foam mattress. (Another bonus: airfiber® is a nontoxic plastic that can be recycled.)

The company is all about using science to back up its impressive claims, including funding research to examine the relationship between sleep quality and performance. One Airweave-funded study found that because the lightweight weave of the fishing line allows for constant air flow throughout the mattress, it can keep it (and you) cooler throughout the night. That, incidentally, helps your core body temperature drop more quickly, which supports the body’s ability to fall into a deep sleep faster. This deep sleep is integral to helping your body recover after a long day—and it also induces the release of human growth hormone, which helps support healthy metabolism and enhance athletic performance.

A good night’s sleep really does go a long way. Because Takaoka considered athletes the ideal test subjects for mattress quality—understandably, as a poor night’s sleep can directly impact their success—he made a point of sending prototypes to Japan’s top athletes and incorporating their feedback. When Airweave conducted performance tests, those who slept on Airweave mattresses had better sprint times and coordination than those who slept on memory foam.

The brand, which already has a huge following in Japan, is now preparing to supply mattresses for the Olympic Village during the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics. But you don’t have to be an Olympian to appreciate its benefits. In fact, Takaoka’s motto is you don’t have to be an athlete at all to appreciate a good night’s sleep. But if you’re an avid golfer with a competitive streak, we have a feeling you might.