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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Welcome to the third year of the Sleep4Performance Seminar. As always, it’s FREE! Abstracts and registration are now open and there’s prize $$$ @pjeffs @mitchturner23 @Sleep4Sport @SleepAndSports @cc_gupta @jocharest1 @siestaresearch @theronandoherty https://sleep4performance.com/seminar/

Pyjamas, Polysomnography and Professional Athletes: The Role of Sleep Tracking Technology in Sport

Excellent paper from @mattdriller @Sleep4Perform @Sleep4Sport & co.

Lots of great info, but more importantly fantastic practical applications


Great to see our first SIESTA collaboration paper out today! We looked at the various wearable technologies used by athletes, discussing pros/cons of each, how to use sleep tracking tech with athletes, and also some cautions for researchers/practitioners. https://www.mdpi.com/2075-4663/11/1/14

Had a great trip to LA to help some teams optimize their sleep. The future is bright 🌠 with these engaged group of athletes. The best part about the trip was hanging out with some of my old Cal State San Bernardino 🏀 teammates and friends.

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