NCAA champ Kelsey Turnbow turns restful sleep into successful fall season thanks to bed-cooling product

Santa Clara football star Kelsey Turnbow helped the Broncos win a national championship in the coronavirus pandemic that affected the 2020-21 season with a big scoreline in the final.

Ahead of the 2021-22 season, Turnbow scored another big score – becoming an ambassador for ChiliSleep’s sleep improvement company as both her teammates and coaches were able to use the company’s proprietary bed cooling system to make sure they had a restful sleep before workouts and matches.

Turnbow told FOX Business in a phone interview Thursday that the product made a huge impact, especially as she tried to sleep in a bedroom without air conditioning at the end of the summer months when temperatures can still be sweltering.


Kelsey Turnbow of the Santa Clara Broncos (10) joins her teammates after scoring against the Seminoles of Florida State during the 2020 College Cup game on May 17, 2021 in Cary, North Carolina. (Photo by Jim Deadmon/USA Today Sports/Reuters)

“I think sleep is definitely a form of preparation for athletes to be reckoned with. I didn’t even realize how good a good night’s sleep would be before using ChiliSleep products. I was in the bedroom and there was no AC and I had actually just woke up hot and couldn’t sleep again. I definitely think that was affecting my performance on the court in practice and in games.”

It’s hard to argue with some of the results.

The 2020-21 season was played at Turnbow from February through May due to the coronavirus pandemic and the 2021-22 season started in August and ended in December. Essentially, Turnbow played in a total of 33 games with just three months into the season in between. She scored a total of 21 goals, with 16 assists, along with nine match winners in that period.

She credited ChiliSleep with her performance during the 2021-22 season.

“Once I started using ChiliSleep, I was able to sleep through the night. And I’ve definitely seen my performance increase,” she told FOX Business. “I felt very comfortable throughout the day. I felt energized and it was definitely pivotal to my success and the success of my team as a whole. My entire team is in a partnership with ChiliSleep and they couldn’t speak brighter about the product.”

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Turnbo helped Santa Clara return to national fame in the collegiate football ranks. In the 2020-21 National Championship against Top-Seeded Florida State, she helped the Broncos return a title to the school for the first time since 2001 and only for the second time in the school’s history.

Santa Clara Broncos forward Kelsey Turnbow controls the ball against Lauren Flynn of the Florida Seminoles during the College Women’s Cup tournament on May 17, 2021, in Curry, North Carolina. (Neil Redmond-USA Today Sports/Reuters Photo)

Turnbow’s season ended prematurely after the team lost on penalties to BYU in the College Cup semifinals.

The star will now turn her attention to preparing for her first season in the Women’s National Football League. She was initially selected by the Chicago Red Stars in the 2021 NWSL draft but was traded to the San Diego Wave FC expansion earlier this month alongside Katie Johnson and Makenzy Doniak.

Jill Ellis, the former US women’s soccer coach, is the club’s new president and paid tribute to Turnbow when the team first announced the deal.

“This is a deal that provides our team with high-quality young talent and enhances our offensive options,” Ellis said in a statement. “Kate and McKenzie bring us valuable NWSL spice, and Katie even more through her experience on the international stage with Mexico. We hope that Kelsey’s achievements in one of the best NCAA women’s football programs like Santa Clara will translate into a promising career with us. We are excited to give Katie, Mankenzy, and Kelsey have new beginnings as leading members of Wave FC.”

Broncos forward Kelsey Turnbow poses for the Brigham Young Cougars during the NCAA College Cup semi-final game in Santa Clara, California, on December 3, 2021. (John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports/Reuters)

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Wave FC’s inaugural season is set for 2022.

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