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Tia Hellebaut took a sleeping pill for the Olympic gold

Tia Hellebaut took a sleeping pill for the Olympic gold

Sleep deprivation is a big problem in the sport. But it is rarely openly spoken about. There seems to be a kind of omerta about it and the topic is still a taboo subject in the world of professional sports. Tia Hellebaut, there was, however, no secret that sleep deprivation is a problem that, during her active career as an athlete.

“I can no longer complain, since I stopped with the sport, I sleep like a marmot, bear witness, Tia Hellebaut in the Festival. “But during the course of my career, I have had a terrible time with getting to sleep.” Our Olympic champion, is called stress, and anxiety, as causes of, as well as the constant feeling of hunger due to dieting.

Especially the traveling and the jet lag did it, Tia Hellebaut, however, to medication taking. A half-Stilnoct did not immediately go to sleep so its rhythm is improved at a faster rate. The night before the Ship’s gold medal at the Olympic Games in Beijing, she had to put her to resort to a sleeping pill. She tossed and turned from the stress, and the doctor gave her a half-Stilnoct. “And then I immediately fell asleep, and the day after, I felt as fit as a fiddle, and I have no complaints about my performance that day,” says Tia Hellebaut in the Festival.