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Sleep loss and exercise performance – Episode 52 with Dr Michael Grandner

Summary

No doubt, you are well aware that a bad night’s sleep can leave you struggling for energy and the ability to remain alert. But did you know that sleep loss and exercise performance also have a strong connection! Even small amounts of lost sleep that become a regular habit can have a significant negative impact on your sporting performance, your exercise and, ultimately, your fitness results. Episode 52, with a global leader in the field sleep research, Dr Michael Grandner, will help unfold the details and give you actionable tips to help restore your sleep today!

Guest Biography

Dr. Michael Grandner is the Director of the Sleep and Health Research Program and Associate Professor, Clinical Translational Sciences, Medicine, Psychiatry, and Psychology in the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson. He is Board-Certified in Behavioral Sleep Medicine. Dr Grandner has 4 university degrees, obtaining his PhD in clinical psychology 2007. He has published 100’s of scientific articles and been cited 1000’s times across the scientific literature and is one of the leading voices in the field of sleep science. Several of his published journal articles directly address the impact of sleep, or lack of sleep, in relation to sporting performance. Dr Grandner served on the Olympic Mental health consensus committee where they published an official Olympic statement calling for greater awareness of mental health for elite athletes. He recently served as lead editor for an outstanding book titled, Sleep and Health (2019), which will serve as an influential text in the field of sleep for years to come. Find out more on Dr Grandner’s website.

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Dr Michael Grandner

Episode content: Sleep loss and exercise performance

There was not enough time to ask everything we had hoped to cover in this fascinating dive into sleep loss and exercise, chronotype, and the impact on athletic and physical performance. Key topics and questions were:

  • 2:55  What led Dr Grandner into the field of sleep research
  • 6:50  Is chronotype and circadian phenotype the same thing?
  • 14.09  How can the listener determine their own chronotype?
  • 15:36  Do all individuals experience peak physical performance between 4-7pm?
  • 19:28  Is early morning exercise the least effective time to do exercise for all chronotypes?
  • 28:00  How can temperate regions work around the lack of early sunlight exposure during darker winter months?
  • 29:38  How can coaches and fitness trainers use the knowledge of chronotype variation to plan their client’s training schedules?
  • 33:44  The scope of sleep problems among elite athletic populations
  • 41:28  Does the science actually show that increasing the length of sleep has a positive impact on physical performance?
  • 46:16  Three evidence-based sleep tips that have been effective in demonstrating improvement for physical performance

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Poor sleep? Coaching your chronotype – Episode 40 with Nick Littlehales

Summary:

Chronic sleep loss is becoming a problem of epidemic proportions in modern society. Could your genetic chronotype have something to do with your ability, or inability, to get the needed hours of rest and recovery? If you find you regularly experience poor sleep then perhaps this discussion with sleep coach and author, Nick Littlehales will open your eyes to potential solutions.

Guest biography:

Nick Littlehales is a pioneer in the field of sleep coaching within UK sport, with more than 2 decades of experience helping to deliver innovative and practical solutions to real-life problems around sleep. Nick’s fascinating journey to become the world’s leading Elite Sport Sleep Coach and his revolutionary R90 Technique is encapsulated in a book called  SLEEP.

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Elite Sport Sleep Coach: Nick Littlehales

Websites: sportsleepcoach.com     R90sleepkit.com

Fit to Succeed episode: Poor sleep

Following a fascinating review of Nick’s journey, somewhat ahead of the curve, into the field of sleep coaching, we discuss in detail the importance of chronotype on our daily routine and preferences. There is plenty to enjoy and learn in this down to earth and easy listening discussion about resolving poor sleep issues. Key subjects include:

  • 1.43: Nick’s early motivation to work within the field of sleep coaching for athletes
  • 8.43: Modern science has revealed a large amount of definitive data about sleep and health
  • 10.06: The background to the book SLEEP and the subsequent rise in popularity
  • 14.02: The importance of sleep within modern-day sporting performance
  • 18.20: Standard sleeping conditions in modern high-level athletic accommodation
  • 21.58: What is chronotype?
  • 29.18: Managing individual variation in chronotype within team sport environments
  • 40.18: In relation to the time of day does chronotype influence the level of athletic performance?

Sleep course:

If this topic interested you, why not become a Sleep Recovery Specialist with Nordic Fitness Education through our online course. Visit Sport Sleep Coach to get access to a 20% discount code and save €50 on the list price. Alternatively, contact us directly!

Connect with Nick on social media:

Facebook @sportsleepcoachuk

Instagram @_sportsleepcoach

Twitter @sportsleepcoach

Buy Nick’s book about Sleep:

Click the book cover to find Nick’s book on Amazon, available in paperback, e-book, or audio.

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