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How much sleep do we actually need?  What is the best way to fall asleep?  How do you deal with jet lag?  Today’s jam-packed episode is about everything sleep related.  I had the luxury of talking to a sleep expert, Dr. Amy Bender.

Dr. Bender is currently the Clinical Program Director of Athlete Services at Centre for Sleep and Human Performance and is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Kinesiology at University of Calgary. She received her PhD and Master of Science degrees in Experimental Psychology from Washington State University specializing in sleep EEG. Her current research focuses on the relationship of sleep and recovery on athletic performance. She has developed sleep intervention protocols for numerous Canadian National Teams. Her research interests stem from being an athlete herself; she is a Hall of Fame basketball player, has summited a handful of volcanoes, completed an Ironman in 2009, and currently runs around chasing her 3 children who are all 5 and under.

I hope you enjoy all the great information in this episode and that it helps you sleep better and recover faster!

Topics Discussed in the Podcast 

  • Sleep cycles, circadian rhythms
  • how much sleep do you need, can you bank sleep, are naps helpful?
  • sleep needs for athletes
  • sleep and recovery for athletes
  • cortisol, adenosine, caffeine
  • sleep hygeine
  • how to manage sleep when you have kids
  • how to adapt to jet lag and get on a sleep schedule
  • tips for falling asleep
  • ideal bedtime

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