Blackhawks' key to a good night of rest

Blackhawks' key to a good night of rest
March 20, 2014, 3:00 pm

When you’re a professional athlete, it’s important to do everything possible to stay in shape and play at your best. It means having a great training regimen. It means having a healthy diet. And it means getting the right amount of sleep.

For some Chicago Blackhawks, attaining that final goal led them to Essentia.

Founded by Jack Dell’Accio in Montreal, Quebec, Essentia beds are made from all-natural memory foam and can be customized to the client. If you haven’t heard/read much about Essentia, check it out here.

Several Blackhawks have the beds, including Brent Seabrook, Johnny Oduya, Jonathan Toews and Marcus Kruger, and Toews and Kruger spoke highly of them.

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“For myself, it’s a responsible, organic, clean company and I’m sleeping really well. So I’ve got nothing but good things to say about their product,” Toews said. “It’s healthy for you. They tailor it to how you sleep and what your posture is like. So it makes a huge difference.”

Several other NHL players have them, including Colorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene, who told the Denver Post that, “I bet you every guy in the league will have them within five years.”

Those who own the beds who went to the Winter Games are especially appreciating their restful sleeps. Part of Team Canada’s run to another gold medal, Duchene loved his bed so much he hoped to ship it to Sochi, Russia, for the Winter Games. Ultimately he couldn’t, but he appreciated getting back to it when he returned home.

So did Kruger.

“It was nice to get home to that bed. At the Olympics it wasn’t bad, but it was different,” Kruger said with a smile. “They make them custom for you. They ask you a few questions, take a picture of your back and have you try a few samples. I love it. Since I got it, I’ve been sleeping awesome.”