In Season 2 Episode 11, Dr. Bubbs interviews world-renowned sleep expert Cheri Mah MS, consultant to professional sports teams in all four major leagues. In this episode Cheri discusses the physiology of sleep, her early research on sleep in collegiate athletes, impacts of jet lag and crossing time zones, why pro baseball teams are sleeping in during spring training, the infamous NBA nap and her NBA Schedule Alert project with ESPN’s Baxter Holmes, as well as her key tips for supporting sleep in athletes. Phenomenal insights from one of the best in the business!
Lay-Ups From This Episode
1) Deep sleep occurs earlier in the night (NREM) – muscle repair and growth hormone, etc. Late stage of sleep (i.e REM) is when learning and memory consolidation occurs.
2) Young adults have a delayed body clock, naturally wanting to go to bed later and get up later the next day.
3) Elite athletes should get 8-10 hours of sleep per night.
Cheri’s “Big Rocks” for Sleep
Schedule and prioritize your sleep routine to improve mental and physical performance.
Research Links & Articles
About Cheri Mah
Cheri Mah MS is a research fellow at the University of California San Francisco Human Performance Center and advisor to elite athletes and professional sports teams in the NFL, NBA, MLB, and NHL on sleep and performance. Follow Cheri on Twitter.