Sleep, Health, and Performance: Implications for Athletes


Day One: June 11, 2018

10:40 – 11:40 am



Michael A. Grandner, PhD, MTR, CBSM

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Medicine
Director, Sleep & Health Research Program
University of Arizona College of Medicine

Session Description:

Healthy sleep is increasingly recognized as a critical ingredient in athletic performance. In fact, mounting scientific evidence shows why sleep plays important roles in physical performance, mental health, healing and recovery, cognitive function, and overall cardio-metabolic health. These advances are especially important for athletes, since these outcomes are highly relevant in this group. Yet, many athletes are not able to achieve healthy sleep. Due to the many scheduling and other constraints on athletes, insufficient sleep duration, poor sleep quality, and sleep disorders are quite common. This session will briefly summarize the scientific evidence linking sleep with important domains of health and functioning, provide an overview of what we know about sleep in athletes, and address a number of practical, evidence-based approaches to measuring and improving sleep in athletes. In particular, issues around sleep tracking technology and supplements will be addressed.

By the end of the presentation, attendees will be able to:

  • Summarize current research on sleep science and the impact on athlete health and performance indicators.
  • Apply sleep science practices among athletes by effectively recruiting multiple members of the “team behind the team” in an ongoing effort to affirm evidence-based principles and protocols for success.
  • Outline strategies for improving rest and recovery in athletes with difficult travel schedules, fragmented daily routines, and common sleep disturbances such as insomnia.


Speaker Bio:

Dr. Grandner is a licensed Clinical Psychologist certified in Behavioral Sleep Medicine, Director of the Sleep and Health Research Program, and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Medicine at the University of Arizona. His clinical work focuses on non-medication treatments for sleep disorders. His research examines the relationship between sleep and obesity, diabetes, heart disease, daytime functioning, and longevity. His work has received awards from the Sleep Research Society, American Academy of Sleep Medicine, American Heart Association, and other organizations. He is author or co-author on over 100 academic publications. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Society of Behavioral Sleep Medicine and the mental health task force for the NCAA. He is a frequent consultant and speaker on the issue of sleep health and  has been invited multiple times to brief the US Congress on the issue of sleep and health. Dr. Grandner’s work has been featured in television, radio, and print media, in over 50 countries, and in outlets including CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, Huffington Post, and many others.