Question

Studies show that "sleep high and train low" makes a 3-5% difference. Will the COLORADO MOUNTAIN ROOM produce the same effect as those studies?

Answer

Colorado Altitude Training Systems will likely produce a greater effect. Here is why.

Most studies on "sleep high and train low" had athletes sleeping below optimal altitude. For example, in the Levine Stray-Gundersen study, athletes slept at 8,500 feet (Deer Valley, UT). While there is nothing optimal about 8,500 feet, it is convenient for the researchers and athletes since there are condos available in ski areas at that elevation. There is limited housing available in the US above 10,000 feet and almost none available above 11,000 feet making research at those altitudes difficult. There is a much bigger effect from altitudes above 8,500 feet. Studies show a big difference between athletes acclimatized to 8,500 feet and athletes acclimatized to 12,000 feet.

Most studies on "sleep high and train low" did not train athletes low enough. The Levine Stray-Gundersen study for example trained athletes at 4,500 feet above sea level for "training low." It is clear to everyone (including the researchers) that this was not optimal, but was done for convenience. There is approximately 17% less oxygen at 4,500 feet than at sea level creating a problem for optimal training since athletes should train as low as possible for most of their training. The US cycling team has been training athletes in oxygen enriched environments simulating altitudes below sea level and it works.

How long is your event? The researchers tested subjects running a 5k-time trial - about a 14-16 minute event. Many athletes are preparing for longer events such as marathons, cycling races, and triathlons. The longer the event the greater the expected effect.

By sleeping higher than the athletes in the studies and training lower you will get even greater results.