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Sleep. recover. Perform.



 Professional grade blankets to enhance recovery and performance

PerformaCalm Mini™


 Concentrated therapeutic effectiveness.

PerformaCalm Mini™


PerformaCalm Mini™ is perfect when you want concentrated effectiveness.

Roll it up and pack it in your bag.  PerformaCalm Mini™ is easy to take with you.

Each PerformaCalm Mini™ is made from medical grade water-resistant woven nylon fabric that can be wiped clean or thrown into a front-loading washing machine.

The micro  glass filling is thermodynamic and entirely hypoallergenic.

Chill the Mini in the freezer and enjoy the soothing cool of the glass bead filling.

Warm the Mini and allow the retained heat to radiate and sooth.  We recommend a maximum temperature of  130° Fahrenheit / 55° Celsius. DO NOT use in microwave oven.

Dimensions:  28" x 12"

Weights:  3lbs, 5lbs, 7lbs



Each PerformaCalm™ blanket is made from medical grade water-resistant woven nylon fabric that can be wiped clean or thrown into a front-loading washing machine.

Select a removable fleece cover to enhance the feeling of comfort.

Take it with you.  PerformaCalm™ blankets roll easily to fit in a gym bag or carry-on bag.

The micro glass filling is thermodynamic and entirely hypoallergenic.

Chill your PerformaCalm™ blanket in the freezer and enjoy the soothing cool of the glass bead filling.

Warm your PerformaCalm™ blanket and allow the retained heat to radiate and sooth. We recommend a maximum temperature of 130° Fahrenheit / 55° Celsius.  DO NOT use in microwave oven.

Dimensions: 36" x 44"

Weights: 10lbs, 15lbs, 20lbs

Importance of Sleep and Athletic Performance

Sleep. Recover. Perform

 Sleep is often a critically overlooked component of an athlete's training program.

When athletes get proper sleep, they are healthy and fit.  When they don't get proper sleep, their health and fitness suffer.

Proper sleep boosts athletic performance:

  • improves cognitive function, 
  • reaction time, 
  • hand-eye coordination, 
  • concentration, 
  • increased energy, and 
  • improved mood.

Proper sleep aids recovery from workouts and reduces risk of injury. deep sleep helps improve athletic performance because this is the time when growth hormone is released. Growth hormone stimulates muscle growth and repair, bone building and fat burning, and helps athletes recover. Studies show that sleep deprivation slows the release of growth hormone. 

Athletes who sleep on average less than 8 hours per night have 170% greater risk of being injured than those who sleep more than 8 hours.

The Stanford University Sleep Disorders Clinic and Research Laboratory, found that when athletes increased sleep time (with a goal of 10 hours of sleep every night), their athletic performance improved and they went on to set new personal bests. 

Tennis players ran faster sprints and hit more accurate shots; 

swimmers improved measures of performance, mood, and alertness; 

and basketball players sprinted faster, reported feeling better in practices and games, and had a nine percent improvement in three-point and free throw shooting. 

Key Takeaways About Sleep and Athletic Performance

  • Tennis players get a 42% boost in hitting accuracy with adequate sleep in their routine.
  • Basketball players saw a 9% improvement in three-point and free throw accuracy by sleeping an extra one hour per night.
  • After 4 days of restricted sleep, athletes maximum bench press drops 20lbs.
  • Sleep improves your split-second decision making ability by 4.3%.
  • Adequate sleep provides swimmers a 17% improvement in reaction time off the starting block

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Research & Validation

Sleep is a significant factor in achieving peak athletic performance

Two studies with collegiate swimmers and basketball players showed that increasing sleep to 10 hours per night significantly improved performance. Swimmers saw improved start, sprint and turn times, and number of kick strokes. Both studies helped participants break a number of records. 


Sleep, Recovery, and Human Performance

 Post-exercise recovery and regeneration (PERR) is as important as the training regimen to the complex adaptive process of increasing athletic performance.  The foundation of PERR is sleep. Sleep constitutes the passive recovery, regeneration and rest process. Sleep has a direct effect on metabolic processes such as energy balance, appetite and weight control.  Attending to the importance of it will reduce the risk of over-training/under-recovery, enhance resistance to illness and will improve recovery from energy.  


Athletes improved their performance simply by sleeping more

Research on collegiate athletes showed they improved their on-court performance — specifically shooting accuracy, free throw and 3-pointer percentages — simply by being in bed longer. These athletes performed better and reported decreased feelings of tension, anger and confusion during practices and games. 


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Elite Athletes and the Importance of Sleep

Michael Phelps

 "Sleep, eat and swim.  It's all I can do

Tom Brady

 "I think sleep is so important because I break my body down so much with my sport.  It's the only place to get the recovery that I need"

Usain Bolt

 “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” 

Steve Nash

 "For me, sleeping well could mean the difference between putting up 30 points and living with 15

Roger Federer

 "If I don't sleep 11-12 hours a day, it's not right"

Lindsey Vonn

 "I love to sleep


 Ballast Blankets is licenced in accordance with the Medical Devices Regulations of the Food and Drugs Act to manufacture medical devices for distribution.  

Manufactured in Canada under licence and registration with Health Canada. 

Registered as a Class I medical device.