Charlotte Edelsten is a Sleep Specialist and Human Movement Scientist.

Having completed her PhD in human movement biomechanics and physical activity performance and participation, she moved to the French alps and took a post doctoral position at Geneva University Hospital in 2009, where she worked between the sleep laboratory and the laboratory of kinesiology (movement). This is where her interest in sleep developed.

Charlotte has held several academic posts over the past few years, where she researches the impact of altitude on sleep and the impact it has on cognition and performance. Living in Chamonix Mont-Blanc she is well placed to take theoretical and empirical work out into the field. She is one of several Senior researchers responsible for running a research study during the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc each summer, where the impact of severe sleep deprivation is assessed in relation to runner’s performance and psychomotor vigilance, and the interaction between homeostatic sleep pressure and circadian rhythm under explicit environmental stresses.

Charlotte runs sleep clinics, where she advises, assesses, and aids in the diagnoses of individuals with a wide range of sleep problems and disorders. In addition to this, she works in an educational capacity in the corporate and public domain, she delivers lectures, workshops and seminars that primarily serve to raise awareness surrounding the importance of sleep. She is particularly interested in the cognitive and health related impairment we suffer, directly resulting from disturbed sleep and the effect this has on performance.

In this episode we talk about sleep hygiene, the effect of stress on sleep and its impact on our quality of life, sleep strategies for endurance races and mountaineering and the research done on UTMB runners for the past 6 years. We hope you enjoy and find this information useful!

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You can follow Charlotte Edelsten on her website: charlottedelsten.com