About this event

  • Date and time Tue 9 Nov 2021 from 8:15am to 4:55pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Sleep Medicine

This event has been cancelled. Apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused. You can book the webinar version of this event here.

This Olympic year, we bring you a unique event seeking to explore ways to optimise sleep in athletes.

Experts from both sleep medicine and sport and exercise medicine will cover key topics, including jet lag management and stimulant use in athletes, how to optimise an athlete's sleep, and how we can use exercise to treat sleep disorders. Participants will also learn what it is like to be an athlete with a sleep disorder.

Can't make it to London? Click here to book the live stream. 

Learning objectives include:

  • How to manage jet lag in athletes
  • About stimulant use in athletes
  • How to optimise sleep for athletes
  • How exercise can help treat sleep disorders
  • What it is like to be an athlete with a sleep disorder

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Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introduction

Session one

Chair: Dr Hugh Selsick, Consultant in Psychiatry and Sleep Medicine, Insomnia Clinic, Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine

Practical tips for managing jet lag in athletes

Delivered virtually by Professor Christa Janse van Rensburg, Sport and Exercise Physician and Rheumatologist, The University of Pretoria, South Africa

Sleep - in and out of competition - are all athletes equal?

Delivered virtually by Dr Michelle Biggins, Sports Medicine Researcher, University of Limerick, Ireland

Panel discussion
Tea and coffee break
Athletes and stimulants - what a clinician needs to know?

Dr Peter Angell, Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Science, Liverpool Hope University

From pillow to podium - optimising sleep for immune health in athletes

Professor Neil Walsh, Sport and Exercise Sciences, Liverpool John Moores University

Panel discussion

Session two

Chair: Dr David O’Regan, Consultant in Psychiatry and Sleep Medicine, Sleep Disorder Centre, Guy’s Hospital

Harnessing exercise to treat sleep disorders

Professor Aneil Malhotra, Consultant Cardiologist, University of Manchester

A day in the life of an athlete's sleep

Mr David O'Loughlin, Olympic Cyclist

Tea and coffee break
Practicalities of looking after an athlete's sleep

Ms Sammy Margo, Chartered Physiotherapist and Sleep Expert, Sammy Margo Physiotherapy

Panel discussion
Close of meeting


Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom

Disclaimer: All views expressed at this event are of the speakers themselves and not of the RSM nor the speaker's organisations.

Registration for this event will close at 12:00am on Monday 8 November 2021. Late registrations will not be accepted.

This event is available for on-demand viewing. The recording will be available for registered delegates up to 60 days after the live broadcast via Zoom. The link will be sent 24 hours after the event takes place. 

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