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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If you’re waking up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom (“washroom” if you’re Canadian) try sipping, not gulping your last beverage of the day. The speed that you ingest fluid, and not just the total amount, helps dictate the urination response. #fewerwakeups

Ahead of @ResearchSleep's “No More Actiwatch: What Now?” panel tomorrow (which you should attend!), sharing a preview of something @KevinHannay, @PhilipChengPhD, and @arcascope have been working on: Activity counts from Apple Watch

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Gave a guest lecture for the Foundations of Sport Medicine course today @uofcknes. This is the first time people have actually took my advice to heart & immediately put it into practice.
✅️Prioritizing 💤 when you can
✅️Getting the right amount of 💤
✅️ Importance of naps

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Staying up to catch the late-night telecast of #Qatar 2022 matches could disturb #sleep and affect eye health, say, experts.
Thanks, @Sleep4Sport for your valuable comments on the story https://www.happiesthealth.com/articles/sleep/world-cup-how-not-to-score-a-sleep-own-goal

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