Sleeping in an altitude tent, or 'Live High, Train Low' is the most widely accepted and used technique in altitude training. First introduced by Benjamin Levine and James Stray-Gundersen in 1997, this technique involves prolonged exposure to hypoxia (low oxygen air) at night with physical training sessions conducted at sea level during the day. As a result, athletes are able to improve their blood levels haematologically, which is inherent to altitude training, while also performing intensive training sessions during the same period, which improves musculoskeletal adaptations leading to improved speed. In simple terms, therefore, athletes can improve both speed and endurance at the same time.
This method avoids problems associated with permanent residence at heights such as limited training load in the oxygen-depleted air, muscle loss, suppression of the immune system, advanced dehydration and fatigue. By using a Altitude Dream height tent, athletes can safely and effectively benefit from the most scientifically substantiated altitude training form "Live High, Train Low" and achieve the benefits associated with exposure to hypoxia.
Read the study by Levine and Gundersen here.
Case Study: Michael Phelps Olympic Training
Watch the video below to see how Michael Phelps used this technology to prepare for each of his Olympic campaigns.
3 myths about sleeping in a height tent disproved.
1. It delays recovery after strenuous training sessions.
This is simply not true. On the contrary, scientific research shows that exposure to hypoxia actually improves recovery. This is due to the body's adaptability to buffer and metabolize lactate. Hypoxia also acts as an antioxidant that has many benefits, including slowing down the aging process and reducing oxidative stress.
2. It is not comfortable.
Of course, sleeping in a tent around your bed is a bit unusual. As a result, it usually takes a few nights to adjust. Fortunately, we have a wide range of products and offer a suitable type of high altitude tent for every bedroom. Once acclimatised, users often report that their sleeping quality and comfort has improved.
3. You must spend 12-14 hours in the height tent.
While it is generally true that more exposure is better, very few athletes have the time to spend 12-14 hours a day in their altitude tents. Most of our clients get the standard 7-9 hours of sleep per night and experience a significant and measurable improvement.