Sleep Awareness Month: STA Podcast
As runners, most of us are aware that our running performance will be affected by a poor night’s sleep, and as a result we do what we can to get some decent shut-eye. But it’s not easy in our industrialised world, with work and kids frequently not allowing us more than 6 hours sleep a night.
Modern sleep reasearch is now far more equipped at measuring the affect of poor sleep quantity & quality, and the results are pretty shocking. Yes, running performance will suffer, but more significant is the effect on day to day functioning and emotional & physical well being.
The long-term effects of sleep loss and sleep disorders are now being associated with increased risk of systemic disorders including :
- heart attack
‘SLEEP AWARENESS MONTH’ on the Sports Therapy Association Podcast
Back in April 2023, the Sports Therapy Association and Runchatlive streamed a month of LIVE video interviews with internationally acclaimed experts from the world of Sleep Research. All episodes can be found on podcast apps & youtube:
Runchatlive Podcast Ep.53
‘Sleep – The Silent Epidemic’
with Jesse Cook, Clinical Psych PhD Student. Sleep Researcher.
Runchatlive Podcast Ep.54
with Dr Olivia Walch, CEO of Arcascope, PhD Applied Mathematics.
Runchatlive Podcast Ep.55
‘Sleep: Injury & Performance’
with Dr Jonathan Charest, Director of Athlete Sleep Service at Centre For Sleep and Human Performance
Runchatlive Podcast Ep.56
with Dr Amy M. Bender, Director of Clinical Sleep Science at Cerebra
Click on the images below to listen to the podcasts!
My five week sleep study using Cerebra’s In Home Polysomnogram Sleep System is now over. Read on for details of how to hear the results!
In examining the relationship between sleep quality/quantity and performance, it is useful to take a look at the terminology commonly used, and appreciate how many of the words & acronyms we commonly see are often misused. In this article we consider REM Sleep, Non-REM Sleep (including deep sleep), the effectiveness of wearables in tracking sleep, chronotypes, circadian rhythms, and whether you are a Lion, Bear, Wolf or Dolphin.
Familiar with the word ‘polysomnography‘? How about ‘electroencephalography‘? Join me as I embark on a five week sleep study using ‘Cerebra Sleep System’ technology developed by Cerebra, a Canadian company transforming the future of sleep diagnosis and therapy. Thanks to self–applied, polysomnography (PSG) in the comfort of my own home, I’ll be seeing how removing caffeine from my diet affects my sleep quantity & quality.