About this event

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

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.

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

This webinar 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 webinar takes place. 

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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

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?

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



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

Special rates for difficult times  

The RSM wishes to offer healthcare professionals continued learning opportunities during the coronavirus pandemic. The RSM’s weekly COVID-19 Series webinars remain free of charge, while there will be small charges to register for other online education. These fees will enable the RSM to continue its programme of activities and will apply during the course of the pandemic. 

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