Yahoo! Lifestyle Interviews Dr. Mandelbaum About Why Olympic Skier Mikaela Shiffrin is a Regular Napper, and It's Something to Emulate

Mikaela Shiffrin won gold in the giant slalom on Thursday, and she was perfectly open with reporters afterward about how she killed time between runs: She took a nap.

“I do it on every race,’’ she said according to USA Today. “There’s always a little bit of time between the first and the second run, and I think I had an hour today where I could sort of lie down for an hour on a bench in a corner of the lodge….”

Shiffrin, 22, said she just put on headphones that blocked out everything but her music and fell into a light sleep. “Sometimes I really fall asleep and when I wake up it feels like a new day and I have to, like, figure out where I am,’’ she said. “Sometimes it’s just more like I’m just trying not to think. Today I didn’t really fall asleep, but it was somewhere in between.”

The skier called her nap break “nice,” adding, “For me, that’s one of my favorite times during a race day is when I can like lie down and take a deep breath and get ready for the next run.’’ Shiffrin’s sleep habits have gotten a lot of attention, including a New York Times article on Friday that mentioned the skier is “renowned for needing at least nine hours of sleep a day.” The reality is, Shiffrin’s sleep habits are extremely healthy, but that didn’t stop fans from obsessing over them on Twitter.

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