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STA98: 'In-Home Polysomnography' with special guest Dr Amy M Bender

And so we reach the final part of our 'SLEEP AWARENESS MONTH' on the Sports Therapy Association Podcast, with special guest Dr Amy M Bender, Director of Clinical Sleep Science at Cerebra, talking about 'In-Home Polysomnography' and sharing the results of host Matt Phillips' recent five week sleep study.

What is in-Home Polysomnography?
The most comprehensive form of sleep study currently available requires going to a sleep-lab. However, for many the sleeping environment is unnatural and equipment uncomfortable. A popular alternative is the ‘Home Sleep Apnea Test’ (HSAT), which though convenient only measures breathing and respiratory functions, not sleep quality.

Enter the ‘Cerebra Sleep System‘ – an in-home, self applied polysomnogram (PSG) that provides the quality diagnostics of an in-lab study with the convenience of Home Sleep Apnea Testing.

For those of you who like the nitty gritty, Cerebra Sleep System uses the patented algorithm Odds Ratio Product (ORP) that micro analyses the Electroencephalogram (EEG) signal providing a continuous measure of sleep depth, moving beyond conventional scoring methods to dig deeper into brain activity.

The Cerebra Sleep System can measure brain waves (EEG), eye movement (EOG), respiratory data, leg and body movements, pulse oximetry, and heart rate (ECG).

Sleep Study


Matt Phillips Sleep Study using ‘Cerebra Sleep System’
My personal five week sleep study included:

  • Electroencephalography (EEG/brain waves).
  • Electrooculography (EOG/eye movements).
  • Electromyography (EMG/electrical activity of chin muscle).
  • Daily reaction time tests to track performance.
  • Questionnaires on perceived sleep quality, disturbances during the night.
  • Tracking of daily exercise & use of electronics before bedtime.


In this podcast episode, topics discussed included:

  • What are the benefits but also limitations of common consumer wearables like Fitbit and Oura Ring?
  • How does the Cerebra In-Home Polysomnogram Sleep System differ from the above?
  • How useful is the data regarding the different stages of sleep, e.g. REM, N-REM, Deep Sleep, etc.?
  • How did Matt Phillips find sleeping with the Cerebra headset on?
  • How useful was it being held accountable each day by filling in questionnaires? 
  • What was Matt's Sleep Study expecting to find by removing caffeine consumption after week one?
  • A look at the results from Matt's five week Sleep Study including:
  • - General Insights (sleep efficiency, sleep latency, reported sleep quality, and more)
    - Actual sleep time per night
    - Amount of waking up after going to sleep
    - Effect of removing caffeine: evening sleepiness, reaction time, attention lapses
  • Take home messages from the study & Sleep Awareness Month
              

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About This Week's Guest
Dr. Amy Bender is Director of Clinical Sleep Science at Cerebra, a digital health company in Canada focused on improving access to advanced digital sleep analysis and diagnostic sleep technology. She is a highly respected researcher with written publications, interviews for stories in Oprah Magazine and public speaking appearances including Ted Med talk. Dr Bender has worked with the National Hockey League, Canadian national team athletes & Olympic athletes, and is no stranger to sport herself with pastimes including mountaineering and Ironman Triathlon.

A huge thanks to all of our special guests during 'Sleep Awareness Month' on the Sports Therapy Association Podcast:

  • Jesse Cook, Clinical Psychology PhD Student and Sleep Researcher
  • Dr Olivia Walch, CEO of Arcascope, PhD Applied Mathematics
  • Dr Jonathan Charest, Director of Athlete Sleep Service at Centre For Sleep & Human Performance
  • Dr Amy M. Bender, Director of Clinical Sleep Science at Cerebra

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STA97: ’Sleep: Injury & Performance’ with special guest Dr Jonathan Charest

Part 3 of our 'SLEEP AWARENESS MONTH' on the Sports Therapy Association Podcast brings you 'Sleep: Injury & Performance' with special guest Dr Jonathan Charest, Director of Athlete Sleep Services at The Centre for Sleep & Human Performance, in Calgary, Canada.

Dr Charest, a published scientific author in the field of sleep research, discusses the impact sleep quality/quantity can have on athletic performance, cognition, health, and mental well-being. He also talks about the role of sleep in reducing risk of injury, and how by delivering education, screening tools, and research-based strategies we can help establish healthy sleep for athletes throughout their career.

Topics discussed include:

  • Has there been an increase in our understanding of the relationship between sleep and athletic performance over the last few years?
  • Do athletes sleep worse than non athletic population?
  • Does going to bed earlier the night before early morning training help?
  • How relevant are Circadian Rhythms and Chronotypes when it comes to working with athletes?
  • Are potential future elite athletes slipping through the net because of insufficient sleep?
  • Do elite athletes for different sports tend to be of the same chronotype?  
  • What are some ways we can help athletes who are suffering from inadequate sleep?
  • How useful are sleep trackers and wearables to athletes?
  • How much of a factor is the type of sport when it comes to sleep inadequacy?
  • Can athletes 'bank' sleep hourse and if so how long do saved hours last?
  • What strategies can we give to athletes to help them improve their sleep?       

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About This Week's Guest
Dr. Jonathan Charest is the director of Athlete Sleep Services and a behavioral sleep medicine specialist at the Centre for Sleep & Human Performance as well as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Calgary. A published scientific author in the field of sleep research, Dr Charest Focuses on how to optimize sleep, training and travel schedule for athletes, occasional athletes, and student-athletes, and possesses expertise in behavioral sleep medicine (CBT-I), circadian rhythms disorders as well as the specific reality of the athletic population. As an ex-athlete, he believes in the importance of sleep, recovery and regeneration in the performance environment.

A huge thanks to Dr Jonathan Charest for giving up his time to join us!


JOIN US FOR MORE EPISODES!
Because SLEEP is such a massively important topic, this month's 'Sleep Awareness' series is being recorded LIVE on not just the STA YouTube Channel but also Runchatlive Facebook Page!

  • APRIL 5th - 'Sleep: The Silent Epidemic' with Jesse Cook, Clinical Psychology PhD Student and Sleep Researcher - recording available on all popular podcast apps! 
  • APRIL 12th - 'Sleep Trackers' with Dr Olivia Walch, CEO of Arcascope, PhD Applied Mathematics - recording available on all popular podcast apps!
  • APRIL 19th - 'Sleep: Injury & Performance' with Dr Jonathan Charest, Director of Athlete Sleep Service at Centre For Sleep & Human Performance
  • APRIL 26th - 'In-Home Polysomnogram' with Dr Amy M. Bender, Director of Clinical Sleep Science at Cerebra, including results of my 30 night Sleep study! Amy was my guest in August 2021 in Ep63 ‘How Sleep Affects Sports And Fitness’.

Feel free to join us LIVE on Tuesdays throughout April at 8pm (GMT+1)!

Please Support Our Podcast!
If you appreciate what we do, please take a couple of minutes to leave us a rating & review on Apple Podcasts. It really does make all the difference in helping us reach out to a larger audience. iPhone users you can do this from your phone, Android users you will need to do it from iTunes.

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STA96: Sleep Awareness Month Pt2 - ’Sleep Trackers’ with guest Dr Olivia Walch

'SLEEP AWARENESS MONTH' on the Sports Therapy Association Podcast continues with Part 2: 'Sleep Trackables' with special guest Dr Olivia Walch, CEO of Arcascope, a company that develops science-backed apps to help people fix their sleep and circadian rhythms. Because SLEEP is such a massively important topic, this month's episodes are being recorded LIVE on not just the STA YouTube Channel but also Runchatlive Facebook Page!

With an estimated one in three people in the UK reporting regular sleep complaints, it is not surprising that sleep trackers have become enormously popular over the last few years. On waking up, our faithful Fitbit, Oura Ring or Withings Sleep Analyzer (to name just three) will inform you of the quantity & quality of your night's sleep, but just how accurate are they? Can the information these consumer sleep wearables provide be put to good use, or are they just another modern day gadget causing dependency and anxiety?

Special guest Dr Olivia Walch takes us through such questions to see how marketing claims hold up under the scrutiny of science, and discusses what role they can play in improving sleep health.

Topics discussed include:

  • What is the difference between sleep trackers and sleep wearables?
  • How long have sleep trackers/wearables been used to assess sleep quanitity/quality?
  • How has the technology in sleep wearables changed over time?
  • How do scoring algorithms work?
  • How accurate are popular sleep wearables from Garmin, Fitbit, Oura Ring, etc?
  • Can popular consumer sleep wearables measure stages of sleep? 
  • What is the relationship like between sleep researchers and consumer brands for wearables?
  • If we see clients/patients are wearing sleep trackers, what sort of conversations should we be having with them?
  • Can sleep trackers cause 'orthosomnia' - the obsession for 'perfect' sleep?
  • Using sleep wearables to measure sleep consistency.
  • Controlling light exposure: one of the easiest & most accessible ways to improve sleep quality/quanity      

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About This Week's Guest
Dr Olivia Walch has been studying the mathematics of sleep for the last ten years, getting her Ph.D in Applied Mathematics from the University of Michigan in 2016. She is the CEO of Arcascope, a company dedicated to making science-backed apps to help people fix their sleep and circadian rhythms. Olivia is also co-editor of Political Geometry, a volume on the mathematics of gerrymandering, with Moon Duchin. 

A huge thanks to Dr Olivia Walch for giving up her time to join us!


JOIN US FOR MORE EPISODES!
Because SLEEP is such a massively important topic, this month's 'Sleep Awareness' series is being recorded LIVE on not just the STA YouTube Channel but also Runchatlive Facebook Page!

  • APRIL 5th - 'Sleep: The Silent Epidemic' with Jesse Cook, Clinical Psychology PhD Student and Sleep Researcher
  • APRIL 12th - 'Sleep Trackers' with Dr Olivia Walch, CEO of Arcascope, PhD Applied Mathematics.
  • APRIL 19th - 'Sleep: Injury & Performance' with Dr Jonathan Charest, Director of Athlete Sleep Service at Centre For Sleep & Human Performance
  • APRIL 26th - 'In-Home Polysomnogram' with Dr Amy M. Bender, Director of Clinical Sleep Science at Cerebra, including results of my 30 night Sleep study! Amy was my guest in August 2021 in Ep63 ‘How Sleep Affects Sports And Fitness’.

Feel free to join us LIVE on Tuesdays throughout April at 8pm (GMT+1)!

Please Support Our Podcast!
If you appreciate what we do, please take a couple of minutes to leave us a rating & review on Apple Podcasts. It really does make all the difference in helping us reach out to a larger audience. iPhone users you can do this from your phone, Android users you will need to do it from iTunes.

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STA95: Sleep Awareness Month Pt1 - ’Sleep: The Silent Epidemic’with guest Jesse Cook

It's 'SLEEP AWARENESS MONTH' on the Sports Therapy Association Videocast & Podcast! Because SLEEP is such a massively important topic, this month's episodes are being recorded LIVE on not just the STA YouTube Channel but also Runchatlive Facebook Page!

  • APRIL 5th - 'Sleep: The Silent Epidemic' with Jesse Cook, Clinical Psychology PhD Student and Sleep Researcher
  • APRIL 12th - 'Sleep Trackers' with Dr Olivia Walch, CEO of Arcascope, PhD Applied Mathematics.
  • APRIL 19th - 'Sleep: Injury & Performance' with Dr Jonathan Charest, Director of Athlete Sleep Service at Centre For Sleep & Human Performance
  • APRIL 26th - 'In-Home Polysomnogram' with Dr Amy M. Bender, Director of Clinical Sleep Science at Cerebra, including results of my 30 night Sleep study! Amy was my guest in August 2021 in Ep63 ‘How Sleep Affects Sports And Fitness’.

Feel free to join us LIVE on Tuesdays throughout April at 8pm (GMT+1)!

About This Week's Guest
Jesse Cook is a 5th year Clinical Psychology PhD student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His primary research program focuses on advancing the classification, assessment, and treatment of unexplained excessive daytime sleepiness. Jesse also has unique expertise in the capabilities & shortcomings of commercially available sleep tracking technology. He has a longstanding affiliation with the Sleep Research Society and previously served as the Sleep Research Society Trainee Member At-Large, while currently assisting efforts on the Communications Committee. 

In Ep.95 of the Sports Therapy Association Podcast, Jesse introduces the many areas of sleep that will surface over the coming month and discusses why sleep is currenty being labelled 'The Silent Epidemic.' We are also delighted to be joined (40 minutes in) by next week's guest Dr Olivia Walch, CEO of Arcascope.  

Topics discussed include:

  • 33% of our day, month, year & life spent lying down & doing nothing? Why does sleep even exist?
  • How much of the population is getting the recommended 7-9 hours a night sleep?
  • What are the dangers of sleep deprivation to individuals and society as a whole?
  • How do we start educating society & patients/clients as to the fundamental importance of sleep?
  • Understanding Circadian Rhythms and Chronotypes
  • Sleep Stages: NREM (deep sleep) and REM
  • Sleep Trackables (a look ahead with next week's guest Dr Olivia Walch)
  • Sleep health advice during menopause
  • Using light appropriately to enhance sleep quality
  • To nap or not to nap
  • What to do if you are lying awake at night unable to sleep 
  • How to deal with medication / need to urinate causing you to wake up at night          

Useful Links 

A huge thanks to Jesse Cook and Dr Olivia Walch for giving up their time to join us!

NEXT WEEK!
Our Sleep Awareness Month continues! Join us Tuesday April 12th for ‘Sleep Trackers’ with Dr Olivia Walch, CEO of Arcascope, PhD Applied Mathematics.

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STA94 'Recognising Rheumatology' with special guest Jack March

In the final part of this month's 'Focus on CPD', we welcome special guest Jack March of www.rheumatology.physio. Jack is Clinical Lead for the Rheumatology service delivered by Chews Health, and one of the voices behind The Physio Matters Podcast.

In this live hour, Jack talks to us about his 'Recognising Rheumatology' CPD courses, designed to help soft tissue therapists recognise symptoms and signs of rheumatologic conditions in clinical practice.

This is of huge importance because, as Jack explains, these sympoms often 'masquerade' as the type of lower back pain which most therapists and patients will be sorted via massage and manual therapy and as a result can go undiagnosed for years delaying important disease-modifying treatment.

Jack's website https://rheumatology.physio/ includes blogs, details of courses and the highly recommended Recognising Rheumatology Audio Book.

The next courses Jack has coming up are:

  • ONLINE - Recognising Rheumatology (half day): 12/April
  • BIRMINGHAM - Recognising Rheumatology (full day): 07/May
  • EXETER - Recognising Rheumatology (full day): 09/July

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STA93 CPD Focus: ’Active Kids are not Mini Adults’ with special guest Angela Jackson

And so we arrive at the fourth episode in this month's 'Focus on CPD' on the Sports Therapy Association Podcast. For this show entitled 'Active Kids are not Mini Adults' we bring you Angela Jackson, a physiotherapist on a mission to stop the pain and frustration that can happen in youth sport when an athlete develops an injury that with the right education could have been avoided.

Angela has worked in the NHS, privately and with sporting teams and youth athletes across all levels sharing her expertise in understanding all aspects of youth athlete development. For 15 years she has been the Physiotherapist and Strength and Conditioning Consultant for Cheshire Cricket Board supporting the Emerging Player Programme, their coach education programme and providing workshops for parents and athletes on injury prevention and performance. She has also created coaching resources for the England & Wales Cricket Board Coaching Association “Wings to Fly” programme.

Anglea has created a series of courses “Active kids are not mini adults” and “Low back
Pain in Younger Athletes” for fellow health professionals available through her website angelajacksonphysio.com/

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