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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Ever heard of the term COMISA?

COMISA (comorbid insomnia and sleep apnea) was only recently coined by @A_Sweetman1 during his PhD in 2017! He is the leading expert in this area and is going to be our first speaker in the "Catching up on Sleep" series hosted by @CerebraOfficial.

Happy World Sleep Day! Check out this important 😴 tip that pays dividends for nights to come. Make one change with black out blinds, a new mattress, nice ear plugs, and it helps from that point on!
Sleep like you're in a cave.
✅Cool (~65f)
✅Dark (eye mask)
✅Quiet (earplugs)

Whether you are exposed to dim or bright light after wake up,
morning melatonin takes at least an hour to reduce to 20% of nightly peak (see the trend inside dotted red circle) and
can take ~2h to reach 10% of nightly peak.

CBTi leads to large insomnia improvements in people with treated and untreated comorbid sleep apnoea #COMISA. A systematic review and meta-analysis.

@MeganRDC @DMWallaceSleep Seamas Farrell


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