This is part four in the “For the Newbie” series. Click to view part one, part two and part three.
AAST’s Certification in Clinical Sleep Health (CCSH) Designated Education Program is designed for health professionals who work directly with sleep medicine patients, families and other health care practitioners to coordinate and manage patient care and improve outcomes. As part of the program, AAST will be hosting a CCSH workshop June 25-26 in which attendees will experience an individualized, instructor-led learning experience with robust discussions.
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“It's raining, it's pouring,
Sleep is a powerful performance-enhancing tool. When the difference between being on the podium or not can be such a slim margin, athletes are looking for anything they can do to gain that edge. Teams and athletes are starting to take notice and are looking for sleep coaches to help navigate the elusive sleep that is hard to come by. That’s where you can come to the rescue!
Recently, I had the opportunity to explain on the Fox Weather streaming service why we sometimes feel sleepier in the winter than we do in other seasons. The interview got me thinking about how these same challenges may be faced by college and professional winter sports athletes.
In the United States, there are thousands of professional athletes, hundreds of thousands of college athletes and tens of millions of high school, club and individual athletes that participate in every sport imaginable. However, being active and in good physical shape does not make one immune from the same frailties seen across the nation’s entire population. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 32% of 18- to 24-year-olds and about 38% of those ages 25-34 sleep less than seven hours a night.
The purpose of today's training is to defeat yesterday's understanding. —MIYAMOTO MUSASHI
Kevin Adley, RPSGT, CCSH, is the director of business development at DrLullaby and currently serves on AAST’s Educational Advisory Committee. AAST recently spoke with Adley on his career path in sleep, what excites him about the future of the industry and more.
When athletes obtain optimal sleep, their mood, fatigue, mental and physical performance, recovery, and cognition improve while their risk of injury decreases. However, incorporating sleep as part of an athlete’s training regimen is often overlooked. Additionally, obtaining sufficient sleep can be difficult as athletes travel to tournaments — especially if it involves traveling across time zones. The change in time disrupts an athlete’s circadian rhythm, which can contribute to sleepiness and fatigue, and negatively impact an athlete’s performance. A recent study by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) demonstrated that baseball players’ performance decreased as the season progressed due to frequent travel (i.e., disruptions in the sleep-wake schedule). Improving sleep could potentially improve performance and prevent injury in athletes, and in recent years, scientists have used partial body and whole-body cooling as a way to do this. Some results have been promising.
With 2022 well underway and spring now here, I am eager for what’s to come in the next few months for AAST, its members, and the sleep community and profession.