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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The diagnostic reproducibility of #narcolepsy type 2 & idiopathic hypersomnia is not good. Meet rising ⭐️Jari Gool who's trying to change that. More replication needed but seems like symptoms of 💤 drunkenness, difficulty waking, & social jet lag should be added.


Made it to #SleepEurope2022 in Athens. Had fun at the opening ceremonies and meeting up with new and old friends.


Tomorrow at @ESRS I will be talking sleep and marathon runners. On one of these pictures I had too much Greek coffee (they make such a good coffee!!)
@CentreforSleep @SleepAndSports @DrSamuels1 @Sleep4Sport


I'm happy to be one of the finalists in the group of best posters at #SleepEurope2022. I better spiff up my poster presenting skills as I have a chance to win one of 2 poster awards, wish me luck! If you are at Sleep Europe this week, send me a DM as I would love to meet up.

Turns out @Uber limits 12h of contact time for drivers and then the app shuts off for 6h. Kind of wishing that was more but a good start.
Should I be concerned if this is my Uber driver's last ride since working at 6:30pm last night?

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