Athletic Performance and Sleep



Today on the Pediatric Sports Medicine Podcast we are going to tackle a topic that I would predict that all of us do not get enough of….and that’s sleep. Sleep is a necessity for all of us but it can have a critical role in the life of an athlete in terms of injury and performance. We are going tackle sleep today… with the goal of keeping you engaged, awake, and interested.


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Links from this Episode:

— Dr. Mark Halstead: On the WebOn X

— Dr. Raman Malhotra: On the WebOn X 
— Washington University Sleep Medicine Center
— Resource on sleep disorders
— School and sleep for kids
— Information on moving start times
— CDC Information on Sleep
— Insight Timer Sleep App
— Headspace app for Meditation
— American Academy of Sleep Medicine
— American Academy of Pediatrics 2014 Technical Report on Sleep
— AASM 2017 Delaying School Start Times Statement
— Stanford Basketball Player Study


Timestamps from this Episode:

00:00 Podcast highlights sleep’s impact on athletes’ performance.

06:09 Later school start times benefit high schoolers.

06:57 Later bedtime for older students benefits school performance.

12:31 Connect with our pediatric sports medicine audience for benefits.

15:12 Athletes should use sleep aids cautiously. Over-the-counter and prescription options should be used judiciously to avoid feeling groggy or sleepy the next day. Melatonin is a reasonable starting point, while sedating antidepressants could be considered as well.

18:31 Extended sleep can safely enhance athlete performance.

22:23 Computerized testing in athletes mirrors sleep clinic.

25:01 Using electronic devices before bed can affect sleep, altering the internal clock and suppressing the release of melatonin. The type of content consumed before bed can also impact sleep, potentially causing anxiety or other negative emotions.

26:52 Devices are helpful in reminding patients to prioritize sleep by providing a gauge of their sleep patterns. While not as detailed as medical sleep studies, they are relatively accurate in assessing whether a person is getting enough sleep. However, their accuracy may be limited when it comes to determining the quality of sleep.


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Dr. Mark Halstead - Host of The Pediatric Sports Medicine Podcast - St. Louis, MOMark Halstead: 

Dr. Mark Halstead received his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin Medical School. He stayed at the University of Wisconsin for his pediatric residency, followed by a year as the chief resident. Following residency, he completed a pediatric and adult sports medicine fellowship at Vanderbilt University. He has been an elected member to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness and the Board of Directors of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM). He has served as a team physician or medical consultant to numerous high schools, Vanderbilt University, Belmont University, Washington University, St. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis Blues, St. Louis Athletica, and St. Louis Rams. He serves and has served on many local, regional and national committees as an advisor for sports medicine and concussions. Dr. Halstead is a national recognized expert in sport-related concussions and pediatric sports medicine.

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Dr. Raman Malhotra - One of the Many Guests on The Pediatric Sports Medicine PodcastRaman Malhotra: 

Dr. Raman Malhotra is currently an Associate Professor of Neurology at the Sleep Medicine Center at Washington University in St. Louis where he also serves as the Program Director of the Sleep Medicine Fellowship. Dr. Malhotra attended the University of Missouri-Kansas City for his undergraduate degree and medical school and then completed his neurology residency and sleep medicine fellowship at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He has previously served as faculty at University of Michigan and at Saint Louis University School of Medicine. He currently serves as the President-Elect for the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) and has served on the Board of Directors for the AASM since 2015. He has served as the Athletic Sleep Medicine consultant at University of Michigan and also saw athletes with sleep disorders for Saint Louis University Athletics. He has edited two textbooks on sleep medicine and has authored numerous other chapters and peer reviewed articles in the field.

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