#310: Meeta Singh, MD – Sleep & Circadian Disruption in Pro Athletes: Dealing With the NBA Schedule

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Guest Bio

Meeta Singh, MD

Dr Meeta Singh is a sleep doctor whose work and research focuses on “coaching the sleep muscle” to help maximize performance in both individual athletes and sports teams.

She is the Service chief of the sleep medicine, and section head and medical director at the Henry Ford sleep laboratory in Michigan.

She did her training in psychiatry at the Mayo clinic and a sleep fellowship at the Henry Ford hospital. She is board-certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology as a psychiatrist and sleep medicine sub-specialist.

She has served as a consultant for multiple NFL, MLB, NHL and NBA teams. Dr. Singh performs athletic sleep assessments with personalized prescriptions for better sleep. She also helps sports teams and athletes with their travel management with a focus on addressing sleep deprivation and jet lag and maximizing athletic performance.

In This Episode We Discuss

  • Jet-lag and sleep restriction in athletes: e.g. NBA teams
  • What is circadian disruption? What are the consequences of circadian disruption?
  • The unique challenges of the NBA Schedule for sleep & circadian rhythms
  • Impact of circadian disruption and/or sleep restriction on a) performance, b) decision making, c) injury/illness susceptibility
  • Strategies to overcome these challenges
  • Prevalence of sleeping pill use in athletes
  • Links between sleep/circadian disruption and anxiety, depression, mood states, etc.
  • Impact of poor sleep on sports concussion risk

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