Addressing the Problem of Student- Athlete Sleepiness: Feasibility of Implementing an Interactive Sleep Workshop at a Division I School

in Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology
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Sleep concerns are prevalent among student-athletes and can result in impaired athletic and academic performance. The current study investigated the feasibility and effectiveness of a brief sleep workshop for student-athletes. Athletes (N = 152) completed baseline and follow-up questionnaires (n = 104) after the intervention. Greater than half of the athletes (51%) who attended the workshops and followup reported at least one change in sleep behaviors. Results revealed a significant decrease in sleepiness from baseline to follow-up and an improvement in daytime functioning. Although athletes reported an increase in problematic sleep hygiene behaviors, they recorded significant increases in sleep knowledge from baseline to follow-up, which was maintained at the second follow-up. These longitudinal data provide evidence that a brief psychoeducation sleep workshop for student-athletes is promising for improving sleep knowledge and daily functioning.

Emily Kaier, Danielle Zanotti, Joanne L. Davis, and Lisa DeMarni Cromer are with the Psychology Department, the University of Tulsa Institute of Trauma, Adversity, and Injustice, The University of Tulsa. Kathleen Strunk is with the School of Nursing, the University of Tulsa Institute of Trauma, Adversity, and Injustice, The University of Tulsa.

Address author correspondence to Emily Kaier at Emily-Kaier@utulsa.edu.