One of the people falling (asleep) hard for the Kala mattress is Dean Karnazes, "Ultramarathon Man" and one of Time Magazine's "Top 100 Most Influential People in the World."
Dean, an internationally recognized endurance runner, bestselling author, and philanthropist, has pushed his body to limits most people can't even imagine: running across Death Valley in 120 degree temperatures, running a marathon to the South Pole in negative 40 degrees, solo-racing 200 miles, and running 50 marathons in 50 days in all 50 states.
Dean, an internationally recognized endurance runner, bestselling author, and philanthropist, has pushed his body to limits most people can't even imagine.
As if simply being one of the best endurance athletes in the world weren't enough to teach someone the importance of effective rest and recovery, Dean once ran 350 miles in 80 hours and 44 minutes: that's more than 3 days running. Going without sleep for that long - even, at times, "sleep-running" - must be the most powerful lesson a human can learn about how sleep replenishes the body, and what happens when you don't.
The Kala team is eager to work with Dean, using his thoughts and feedback on the Kala mattress to understand the sleep experience of someone who regularly pushes his body to what many call "super-human" limits (Dean often runs the equivalent of a marathon before breakfast, which makes our morning regimens feel decidedly unimpressive). After just a few nights on the Kala mattress, Dean had this to say: "To an athlete, sleep is one of the most important elements for optimal performance. Kala keeps me comfortable and cool for an ideal nights rest."
Dean's achievements aren't limited to the road, though. With a family, several bestselling books, and a long career as a successful businessman also under his belt, he goes the distance in every area of life.