Sleep health has been described as a multidimensional pattern of sleep/wakefulness,
adapted to individual, social, and environmental demands, that promotes
physical and mental well-being. Good sleep is characterized by subjective
satisfaction, appropriate timing, adequate duration, high efficiency,
and sustained alertness during waking hours. The Center for Sports Neurology
and Pain Medicine emphasizes the role of sleep in overall health. Some
sleep experts estimate disordered sleep as responsible for more morbidity
and mortality in the United Sates than cardiovascular and pulmonary conditions combined.
From the standpoint of sleep’s influence on performance, it’s
been shown that less than six hours of sleep overnight is associated with
decreased time to physical exhaustion, reduced aerobic output, reduced
peak and sustained muscle strength, impaired metabolic capabilities, and
increased injury risk. As Sports Neurologists, we’re particularly
concerned with the ways that impaired sleep affects the glymphatic system,
which clears toxins from the brain and contributes to neurological restoration,
efficiency, and performance.
As such, we provide access to a comprehensive sleep and fatigue management
system. We assess and review the major factors contributing to individual
- Lifestyle Decisions
- Environmental and Occupational Circumstances
- Each Individual’s Unique Biology
Our Center is the first in the nation to apply a unique, machine learning
and artificial intelligence system (validated by over a decade of research)
in the clinical setting. Athletes, clients, and patients complete a tablet-based
series of questionnaires that results in accurate diagnoses of sleep disorders
with close to 95% accuracy as compared to formal polysomnography. The
program is also very effective at identifying behavioral and mood disorders.
This technology allows us to assess individuals, small groups, or entire
teams efficiently. Other assessment techniques include medical grade Actigraphy,
and referral for formal sleep studies, if indicated. We even have access
to the Fatigue Avoidance Scheduling Tool, (developed for military use
and which has been used in a number of industries to assess predicted
fatigue-related effects on performance). Armed with these powerful datapoints,
we are able to advise individual athletes, clients, patients, and other
key stakeholders (such as team coaching or strength and conditioning staff,
as well as logistics personnel) with actionable information.
We have a menu of options shown to be effective in improving disordered
sleep, ranging from instruction in sleep hygiene, brain-training for autonomic
quieting (with mindfulness meditation and/or biofeedback), and cognitive-behavioral
therapies, pharmacologic recommendations using over the counter supplementation,
or prescription medications. We also have access to sleep specialist consultants,
who can contribute more nuanced and expert recommendations such as chronotherapy
or other treatments for unique and specific sleep disorders.
Sleep health and optimization of sleep efficiency may be the most effective
intervention an individual can make to optimize performance. Our Center
is poised to assist individuals and organizations in the critical aspect
of health and performance.