Episode 029 Catching ZZZZZs with Sleep4Sport Amy Bender

Amy Bender, PhD, joins me to discuss a topic that is near and dear to my heart: sleep.

 This is near and dear to me because I have struggled with sleep for as long as I can remember. To some extent, I think this is because my chronotype is that of the “owl”—I tend to be more of a night owl. However, the work world does not seem to appreciate we night owls!!!!!

 Thanks to Amy for being such an engaging guest!

 Her background as an athlete and scientist.

How she got interested sleep?

Why do we sleep?

What is happening in the brain while we are sleeping?

What is the thing that would surprise people about sleep?

What happens if we go a long period without sleep?

What are the consequences of not getting enough sleep? (Acute as well as chronic sleep deficiency)

What role does sleep play in learning new skills or integrating new information? (I have read claims that learning a new skill and then sleeping helps embed that new skill).

What is insomnia and the "forms" of it?

What can we do to improve our quality of sleep?

What to do if a person cannot fall asleep?

What to do if a person wakes up in the middle of the night and cannot fall back to sleep?

 We discuss "biphasic sleep"?

 Amy mentioned the Sleep Junkies podcast: https://sleepjunkies.com/podcast/

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