020: Why sleep is vital to your sports & fitness regime – Dr Amy M. Bender

In recent years, the world of professional sports and athletics has ‘woken up’ to the idea that sleep plays a vitally important role in optimizing athletic ability and performance. 

Today we’re talking to Dr Amy M. Bender, a sleep scientist who has spent her life involved in many competitive sports activities, about the importance of sleep with regards to fitness, exercise and sports, but not just for competitive athletes, but for anyone who wants to ensure they’re making the most of their fitness regime. 

This episode’s guest:


Dr Amy M. Bender

Dr Amy M. Bender is currently a Senior Research Scientist at Calgary Counselling Centre. Previously she was the Clinical Program Director of Athlete Services at Centre for Sleep and Human Performance and  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.  She has developed sleep intervention protocols for numerous Canadian National Teams. She’s an athlete herself, a Hall of Fame basketball player, has summited a handful of volcanoes, completed an Ironman in 2009, and is also mom to 3 young children all under the age of five.


Twitter @sleep4sport : https://twitter.com/Sleep4Sport

Instagram @sleep4sport: https://www.instagram.com/sleep4sport

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/amy-m-bender-ms-phd-b8087884/

Athlete Sleep Screening Questionnaire: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29869021

Sleep Fitness Infographic: https://sleepjunkies.com/sleep-fitness-routine/

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