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Brendan Duffy

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Caffeine

Caffeine and Sleep: A Virtual Coffee Break With Sleep Experts

By: Brendan Duffy
May 18th, 2020

I recently spoke with several sleep experts about caffeine and sleep. These wonderful sleep professionals were very giving of their time and knowledge, and I thank them immensely. It is because of their willingness to share their time, thoughts and friendship that I can share this information with you.  Below is a summary of the questions I posed — and some of their responses. So, pour yourself a “Double Ristretto Venti Half-Soy Nonfat Decaf Organic Chocolate Brownie Iced Vanilla Double-Shot Gingerbread Frappuccino Extra Hot with Foam Whipped Cream Upside Down Double Blended, One Sweet’N Low and One NutraSweet” — or perhaps just a refreshing glass of ice water — and enjoy this coffee break with sleep experts.

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COVID-19

Pandemic Dreams or COVID-19 Nightmares? (Social Isolation, Stress, and Sleep Hygiene)

By: Brendan Duffy
April 16th, 2020

  “Hope lies in dreams, in imagination and in the courage of those who dare to make dreams into reality."- Jonas Salk.. Discoverer of the Polio vaccine Dr. Jonas Salk spoke of good dreams in his famous quote above.  Unfortunately, as we wait for a vaccine for COVID-19, many people are experiencing dreams of a different type…

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Athletes and Sleep

Old School Naps Getting Revamped for Athletes

By: Brendan Duffy
February 17th, 2020

Long before the Cleveland Indians took up the nickname “Indians” and introduced their controversial mascot Chief Wahoo, they were named the Cleveland Naps!  But, unlike the naps that help recharge Cleveland Cavalier basketball star LeBron James, the Cleveland Naps of the early 1900’s were not named after a favorite activity of MLB, NBA, NHL and NFL athletes, but rather after the player/manager Napoleon “Nap” Lajoie.

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MLB and Sleep | Sleep and Athletics | Athletes and Sleep

Chasing the Dream: Getting to the Next Level (of Sleep) in the Minor Leagues

By: Brendan Duffy
February 14th, 2020

They call it “the grind.” Long bus rides, late night fast food, hotels of bad and mediocre quality, roommates that snore louder than any home run hometown crowd noise, and living conditions that can be anything from air mattresses, to stolen motel pillows or even dog beds on a bus floor.

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school start times

Don't Delay...Delay School Start Times Now!

By: Brendan Duffy
April 26th, 2017

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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CPAP

Keeping up with the Joneses: Jones Tube and Problems with CPAP

By: Brendan Duffy
January 19th, 2017

Ah… Sleep Medicine Is this a great field or what? Caution-this particular blog will provide more questions than answers... I am counting on you to fill in some of the blanks.

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Sleep Technology Trends

The Importance of Sleep in Athletics: Training, Performance and Injury

By: Brendan Duffy
December 13th, 2016

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.

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Sleep Medicine

Why Sleep Training Should Be Part of Sports Teams’ Winning Traditions

By: Brendan Duffy
July 14th, 2016

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.

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Sleep Disorders

Getting the Athlete Back in the Game Safely: Concussions and Sleep

By: Brendan Duffy
July 4th, 2016

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. 

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Sleep Medicine

Sleep and Golf: How Sleeping Well Improves Your Performance to a Tee

By: Brendan Duffy
May 23rd, 2016

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.

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