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Michael Phelps partners with mattress company Leesa Sleeps to promote quality sleep

Olympian Michael Phelps journey started in Baltimore and now has covered five Olympics, winning 28 Olympic medals and 23 gold medals. He is considered one of the greatest athletes of all time. (Kevin Richardson/Baltimore Sun video)

Aside from monstrous caloric intake, hours of training and playing a little Future before swim time, there's another method behind Michael Phelps' championship performance — sleep.

Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, and fellow Olympian Aly Raisman have partnered up with Virginia Beach-based mattress company Leesa Sleep to promote the company's products and the importance of quality sleep, according to a recent news release.

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"Sleep monitoring was a daily part of my routine when I returned to competitive swimming as it was critical to aid my recovery so I was prepared for my next training session or competition," Phelps said in a statement. "My understanding of sleep and performance has carried over into my post-competitive life as I have been doing a lot of travel and can tell the difference between a good and bad night of sleep."

Although LeBron James is getting Sports Illustrated's Sportsperson of the Year award, Michael Phelps' phenomenal year won't go unrecognized.

The athletes will also work with the direct-to-consumer mattress company's social impact programs, including the Leesa One-Ten program, which donates one mattress to a shelter for every 10 sold.

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