I am always looking for ways that I can improve my health and fitness so when New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady published his book The TB2 Method: How to Achieve a Lifetime of Sustained Peak Performance I bought it immediately. The Tom Brady method is holistic—it covers everything from eating and working out to sleeping. One of the most interesting facts was that Tom Brady uses a special sleepwear that facilitates his recovery. This post is a review of my experience with Tom Brady sleepwear.
Why Tom Brady’s advice is worthy of your consideration
Many health and fitness books are written by gurus. They are people who are famous because they are popular speaker or authors. They may have good advice but it is difficult to tell whether the advice works because the person doesn’t have to prove their system in an athletic contest.
Tom Brady is different is this regard. He has been the starting quarterback for the New England Patriots for 15 years. During that time, he has led his team to 15 division championships—the most of any quarterback in NFL history.
At 40 years old, Brady is still performing at a superhuman level. He is the rare case of an elite level athlete who is still playing—and still winning—at an age when others have long hung up their cleats. Thus, Brady has proven that whatever he is doing works.
What is Tom Brady Sleepwear?
In a nutshell, Tom Brady Sleepwear is a line of high tech pajamas manufactured by Under Armour that are designed to make sleep more restorative, helping the body recover from the stresses of the day. In his book, Brady writes:
I admit, I like the idea of my body working for me — both creating and banking energy — during the night! I think of functional apparel and sleepwear as a mobile, 24/7 hyperbaric chamber. If my opponents aren’t wearing what I am, I’m getting the edge on them even when I’m sleeping.
But how could a pair of pajamas help you sleep better and help your body recover faster? The secret is in the advanced fabric and the bioceramic print on the inside of the sleepwear.
The sleepwear is made of a soft modal fabric that keeps you cool at night—critical for good sleep.
But it is the bioceramic print that is the most unique aspect of the sleepwear. The pajama top and pants are completely lined with this print. According to Under Armour, this bioceramic print “absorbs natural heat and reflects Far Infrared back to the skin, helping the body sleep better and recover faster.” Here is what it looks like:
This is the first time that I had heard of Far Infared as being something that could speed recovery and the idea that it could be woven into fabric struck me as odd. But it turns out it is based on solid scientific research. A 2013 research paper concluded that Far Infared technology can be used to “stimulate cells and tissue, and is considered a promising treatment modality for certain medical conditions.” Even more surprisingly, it is possible to create fabrics that contain Far Infared emitting ceramic particles:
Fibers impregnated with Far Infared emitting ceramic nanoparticles and woven into fabrics, are being used as garments and wraps to generate Far Infared radiation, and attain health benefits from its effects.
Does it work?
While the scientific research might be interesting, the real question is does Tom Brady sleepwear work? From my experience, the answer is a resounding Yes.
I’ve been wearing them every night religiously since then. The reason that I was moved to try these pajamas is that I noticed that my sleep had been pretty lousy for a while. I would wake up tired every day. This seemed to be the case even on weekends when I was able to get more than seven hours of sleep.
The first thing I noticed is that the Tom Brady sleepwear keeps me cooler at night. I have found that other fabrics, even very thin ones, are too warm for comfortable sleeping. Apparently, I am not the only person who suffers from being a warm sleeper. Recently, Mike Cernovich recommended this cold pad to keep your mattress cool at night:
3. Chili Pad
Sleep is so important, and it’s the best investment to make in your life.https://t.co/WT3eHs3CG5
— Mike Cernovich (@Cernovich) December 10, 2017
Not only does the sleepwear keep me cooler, it seems to keep me asleep longer. I used to frequently wake in the early morning around four or five. Since I have been wearing the Tom Brady sleepwear I sleep until my alarm goes off. The net result is that my sleep is much better than it was. I wake up with more energy.
The sleepwear also looks good. I usually don’t lounge around in my pajamas, but I’ve gotten compliments from my wife on the line that the pajamas give me. I never got compliments on my pajamas before.
Who should try this sleepwear?
There is one disadvantage to the Tom Brady sleepwear: It is pretty expensive. The top and the bottom together run $198. Personally, I find it worth the price as restorative sleep is one of the best things you can do for your health and performance during the day.
That said, I don’t think everyone needs to buy this sleepwear. If you are in your early 20s and you always feel refreshed after sleep, you probably don’t need to buy these pajamas. If you fall into one of the following categories though, you probably will benefit from these pajamas:
—If you wake up tired
—If you have problems falling asleep or staying asleep
—If you find yourself overheating at night
—If you train hard at the gym and would like to recover faster
All in all, this is a case where a product lives up to its hype. While I wish they were a little cheaper, I have found that they are worth it for the better quality sleep that they deliver. The Tom Brady sleepwear will continue to be my sleepwear of choice.
You can view the entire line of Tom Brady sleepwear here.