This past week a very important position paper was released by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM). It recommends that school start times should begin no earlier than 8:30 AM for middle school and high school students. The paper was published in the April 15th issue of the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine.
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Hey Coach - it’s 10 PM… or 8 AM… Do you know where your players are? It is surprising that with all of the research that is available these days, some coaches and trainers are still not aware of the importance of sleep in athletics with regard to training, performance and injury prevention.
Brendan Duffy discusses 5 things every sports coach and athletic trainer needs to know about sleep This article was originally published in Sleep Review Magazine. After more than 5 decades of being shut out of championships, the city of Cleveland finally got a chance this June to celebrate a winner. Basketball star LeBron James led the Cleveland Cavaliers back from a 3-to-1-game deficit against the Golden State Warriors. In the grueling seven-game series, James and his teammates beat a solid opponent in the Warriors, as well as beat another ever-present opponent in sports: fatigue.
What's with concussions and sleep? Lately much attention has been paid on professional, college, and all other levels in sports with regard to how to prevent concussions and how to treat athletes that may be concussed. This is very important as concussions can have long lasting detrimental effects. Recovery from a concussion can take longer for young children and teens. And if they have had a concussion, they are at increased risk for having another one and it may take even longer for recovery after several concussions.
Sleep and Golf: Secrets to golfing better So do you want to improve your golf game? Of course you do. Well maybe you need to review what you are doing away from the golf course that may have a great impact on how you play your game. If a golfer does not get sufficient sleep, or if they do not get restorative sleep due to a sleep disorder such as sleep apnea, it is almost certainly going to have a negative impact on their game.
Want to learn some tips on how to nap? While we usually speak to our patients about the benefits of a good night’s sleep, there are also some patients that need information about how to make a daytime nap beneficial. There are several elements that go into making a naptime successful. These include:
Brendan Duffy shares how optometrists are increasingly aware of the partnership between sleep and eye health I have been working in the sleep medicine field for almost 20 years, but it wasn’t until the last few months that I saw a patient referred to our sleep center from an Optometrist! He has referred a few patients in the past year and that piqued my interest as to what the eye doctor “saw”. Those referrals started my quest to learn about his symptom listing of FES - Floppy Eyelid Syndrome!
There are many things a patient is told prior to their overnight sleep study, but there are a few additional items that you may wish to review Giving your patients as much information as you can puts their mind at ease and helps you get better test results as the patient is well informed and can relax. After all, they are there for testing-not surprises! And when it comes to their health, they certainly want as much information as we can provide.
What is keeping me awake? We are doing this backwards folks. We stay up watching TV, cruising through social media sites, playing all kinds of games on all kinds of devices. We have smart phones, smart watches, smart tablets…. But maybe we are not so smart.