S7 Ep9: Sleep and Mental Health Issues in Current and Former Athletes

With special guest: Ashley Montero

In this episode with Ashley Montero, we discuss his recent paper. Sleep and mental health are important aspects of human health that work concurrently. However, sleep and mental health disorders are often overlooked and undiagnosed in sports due to the negative stigma associated with them.

Evidence suggests that athletes are disproportionately affected by mental health issues and sleep problems. Internal and external pressures contribute to psychological distress. Variable competition times, travel and stress are detrimental to sleep quality.

Retirement from sport can deteriorate sleep and psychological wellbeing, particularly for those who retired involuntarily and identify strongly with their athletic role. When untreated, these issues can manifest into a range of clinical disorders.

Read the full paper: Sleep and Mental Health Issues in Current and Former Athletes: A Mini-Review:  https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2022.868614/full

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