Dr. Amy Bender

Awaken the Champion Within

Dr. Amy M. Bender

Sleep scientist, elite athlete, and passionate speaker helping individuals and teams reach their maximum potential in sport and life.

Dr. Amy George Bender (#15) with her teammates at California State University San Bernardino.
Amy playing for Spokane Falls Community College where she was later inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2013.

Why Sleep In To Win?

Despite sleep taking up a third of our lives, we often struggle with sleep and fail to prioritize it. This can be problematic, especially for athletes, as sleep is critical for recovery and optimal athletic performance. Sleep In To Win is about getting more high quality sleep to help you perform better. This could be through many different ways – like sleeping in, taking a nap, or even going to bed early. 

Back when Amy played college basketball, there wasn’t much insight into why sleep was important for athletic performance. Her coaches would tell her to get a good night’s sleep and that was the end of the conversation. Dr. Bender wants to change that by giving athletes and high performing individuals the actionable information they need to prioritize sleep for peak performance. 

Being a former college athlete herself and Hall of Fame basketball player, she understands the challenges and solutions for athletes to sleep better.

Dr. Bender is an expert in sleep and performance who has studied and worked with NBA, NHL, NFL, and Olympic athletes throughout Canada and the US. She is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Kinesiology at University of Calgary and Director of Clinical Sleep Science at Cerebra.

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This one was of interest 👀 given I personally work 100% remotely & many of you have ⬆️ remote work bc of the pandemic.
They looked at associations bw remote work & subjective sleep quality, sleep duration, social jet lag, & chronotype in 3,600 Finnish adults.

Using a weighted blanket may result in a greater release of melatonin at bedtime. However, whether the stimulatory effect on melatonin secretion remains when using a weighted blanket over more extended periods is unclear. Great work, @elisa_meth! http://shorturl.at/fGUVY

Ads that state specific sleep meds are not habit forming overlook the possibility of psychological dependence with any substance one believes is necessary for good sleep.

Work from @TinaSundelin et al. presented at #SleepEurope2022 found that your subjective sleep quality NOT your objective sleep (as measured by actigraphy) are associated with more social activity during the day.

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