Sleep and Mental Health: Implications for Athletes

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This session will focus on the importance of healthy sleep for athlete well-being in general, but specifically as it pertains to mental health. The presentation will include a brief overview of the sorts of sleep problems athletes face, how to conceptualize them in terms of effects on physical and mental performance, and how these effects may extend to mental health. Then, data linking sleep and mental health in athletes will be presented. Then, the recent IOC and NCAA statements on mental health and sleep will be reviewed and some future directions and practical applications will be reviewed.

At the end of this presentation, attendees will be better able to:

  1. Understand the basics of sleep and performance as it applies to athletes
  2. Understand how sleep is related to mental health and performance in athletes
  3. Know the basics of identifying sleep problems and solutions in athletes

Target Audience: ATs, RDs, CSCS, and other sports medicine or athlete support staff



Michael A. Grandner PhD MTR CBSM DBSM FAASM FAHA; University of Arizona College of Medicine

Dr. Michael Grandner is a licensed clinical psychologist, board-certified in Behavioral Sleep Medicine. He is the Director of the Sleep and Health Research Program at the University of Arizona and Director of the Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program at the Banner-University Medical Center in Tucson. Dr. Grandner is Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Psychology, Medicine, Nutritional Sciences, and Clinical Translational Science at the University of Arizona. He is an internationally-recognized expert in sleep health, has over 150 academic publications, and frequently consults with health, technology, athletics, and nutritional companies and organizations regarding sleep, health, and performance. Read more about him at



Drug Free Sport International (BOC AP# P8729) is approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. to provide continuing education to Athletic Trainers. This program is eligible for a maximum of 1.5 Category A hours/CEUs. ATs should claim only those hours actually spent in the session. 



Drug Free Sport (Accredited Provider 99D4E11) is approved by the Commission on Dietetic Registration to provide continuing education to Registered Dietitians. This program is eligible for a maximum of 1 CPEU.

Certificate Information

      • Activity Number: 159604
      • Performance Indicators: 2.1.3, 9.2.1, 12.2.6
      • CPE Level: 2