S2 EPISODE 10 - The Impacts of Caffeine On Sleep & Circadian Rhythms in Athletes w/ Dr. Ian Dunican PhD

In Season 2 Episode 10, Dr. Bubbs interviews Dr. Ian Dunican PhD to talk about the use of caffeine in pro sport and how it impacts sleep duration and efficiency. Ian shares his insights on caffeine use and habits of athletes, how caffeine use impacts sleep on game days, the fact many athletes are unaware of the amount of caffeine they consume overall, as well as his research on jet lag and sleep disorders in athletes. Terrific insights and actionable tips from Dr. Dunican!

Lay-Ups From This Episode

1)             Caffeine in the evening, even in low-doses, can negatively impact sleep duration and efficiency.

2)             Many athletes are unaware of the amount of caffeine they consume.

3)             Athletes sleep quality after games is typically poor and it can take multiple days to off-set this sleep debt.

Link to Research

Caffeine use in a Super Rugby game and its relationship to post-game sleep

About Dr. Ian Dunican PhD

Ian Dunican has twenty years international professional experience in Project Management, Health and Safety and Fatigue Risk Management Systems (FRMS) in military, mining, oil and gas. He is the Director of Sleep4Performance, an expert consultancy for FRMS and operations, and a researcher at the University of Western Australia (UWA), where he works with elite sporting organisations for optimisation of performance and recovery. Follow Ian on Twitter here.