Dr. Bender is Senior Research Scientist at Calgary Counselling Centre and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Kinesiology at the University of Calgary. She received her Phd and Master of Science degrees in Experimental Psychology from Washington State University specializing in sleep EEG. She has developed sleep optimization strategies for numerous Canadian Olympic and Professional teams and is now using her expertise to understand how sleep interventions can improve mental health outcomes.
Websites and Social Media Links:
Twitter – @Sleep4Sport
Instagram – sleep4sport
Amy’s Book Recommendation(s):
Articles & Research Mentioned:
The absolute bioavailability of caffeine in man.
All Things Strength & Wellness: Episode 209: Dr. Ian Dunican – Sleep and Performance – Part 2 – sleep cycles, caffeine, and sleep disorders
All Things Strength & Wellness: Episode 152: Nick Littlehales – All Things Sleep and Performance
People and Resources mentioned:
0:00 – 6:42 – Robbie intro’s the show and asks Amy to introduce herself and speak about her current research into sleep and mental health
6:43 – 9:58 – Robbie asks Amy for her thoughts on caffeine’s impact on sleep
9:59 – 12:05 – Robbie asks Amy how caffeine may help with depression?
12:06 – 15:09 – Robbie asks Amy who have been the biggest influences on her both personally and professionally?
15:10 – 20:24 – Robbie asks Amy to talk about sleep cycles
20:25 – 23:58 – Robbie asks Amy about peripheral circadian regulators
23:59 – 33:56 – Robbie asks Amy about the importance of meal and exercise timing to optimize health
33:57 – 36:22 – Robbie asks Amy about the effects of meal composition on the quality of sleep?
36:23 – 42:14 – Robbie asks Amy about the design of all buildings going forward into the future to optimize circadian rhythms and health
42:15 – 44:39 – Robbie asks Amy for her insights into chronotypes
44:40 – 47:08 – Robbie asks Amy for her thoughts on flexible work schedules and later school start times and chronotypes
47:09 – 54:39 – Robbie asks Amy how much sleep individuals should get and what strategies can help optimize sleep quality?
54:40 – 56:26 – Robbie asks Amy for her thoughts on napping
56:27 – 59:12 – Robbie asks Amy has she every used napping strategically as a performance enhancer?
59:13 – 1:00:50 – Robbie asks Amy for her top and current book recommendations
1:00:51 – 1:01:33 – Robbie wraps up the show!