Athletes’ Sleep and Performance: A Podcast Episode

Athletes’ Sleep and Performance: A Podcast Episode

Thanks to my friend Dr. Yishan Xu, a clinical psychologist, for inviting me to chat with her on her Deep Into Sleep Podcast. In this “Sleep, Sport, and Productivity” Episode, I shared some information and research on athletes’ sleep and performance, as well as a brief overview of self-determination theory that explains motivation.

Do you know many world champions are also sleep champions? For instance, Roger Federer sleeps for 12 hours a day including a 2-hour nap; LeBron James sleeps for about 10-12 every night. If you want to know more about how sleep relates to sports performance and well-being, check out the podcast episode and additional resources below.

Resources:

Tricks Athletes Use to Make Sleep a Priority: https://www.sleep.org/articles/athletes-and-sleep/
Athlete Sleep Screening Questionnaire: https://centreforsleep.com/education-and-awareness/athlete-sleep-screening-questionnaire/

Dr. Alan Chu

Dr. Tsz Lun (Alan) Chu is an Assistant Professor and the Chair of the M.S. Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology (SEPP) Program at the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay. His primary areas of expertise are psychosocial aspects of sport and coaching. Recognized as a Self-Determination Theory International Scholar, Dr. Chu conducts both quantitative and qualitative research focused on the roles of social agents (e.g., coaches, peers, and parents) and basic psychological needs (i.e., autonomy, competence, and relatedness) in motivational processes. Dr. Chu is also a sport psychology consultant who works with athletes and coaches, from high school to professional levels across sports, on mental skills training including goal setting and visualization. To practice what he preaches, Dr. Chu is physically active and highly involved in sports, specializing in table tennis (not the basement “ping pong”!) as a competitive player and an internationally certified coach. He currently serves on the Coaching Committee of the National Collegiate Table Tennis Association and teaches the coaching certification course.

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