AthMindset | Own Your Sleep with Dr. Chris Winter

Learning about sleep has never been more fun than this!

In this AthMindset episode, Lisa Bonta Sumii, LCSW, CSW, shares space with Dr. Chris Winter, internationally recognized expert on sleep and the author of “The Sleep Solution” and “The Rested Child”.

Dr. Chris Winter as described on the American Sleep Association (ASA) website:

Dr. Christopher Winter has practiced sleep medicine and neurology in Charlottesville, Virginia since 2004, but has been involved with sleep medicine and sleep research since 1993.  As the owner of Charlottesville Neurology and Sleep Medicine, CNSM Consulting and the Medical Director of the Martha Jefferson Hospital Sleep Medicine Center, Dr. Winter is not only an active participant in patient care, but a dynamic speaker and researcher on the science of sleep. Dr. Winter’s current research focuses on sleep and athletic performance (learn more about Dr. Winter at the bottom of this page).

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More about the guest, Dr. Chris Winter:

Dr. Christopher Winter has practiced sleep medicine and neurology in Charlottesville, Virginia since 2004, but has been involved with sleep medicine and sleep research since 1993.  Currently he is the owner of Charlottesville Neurology and Sleep Medicine clinic and CNSM Consulting. He recently stepped down as the Medical Director of the Martha Jefferson Hospital Sleep Medicine Center, a sleep center he established in 2004.  Dr. Winter is not only an active participant in patient care, but a dynamic speaker and researcher on the science of sleep.

Dr. Winter’s current research focuses on sleep and athletic performance. In 2006, Major League Baseball awarded him a grant to study the effect of scheduling and time zone travel on team performance.  In the winter of 2008, he was an invited lecturer at the MLB winter meetings in Las Vegas, NV.  He has served as a consultant for several baseball teams including:

  • Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Cleveland Indians
  • Boston Red Sox
  • San Francisco Giants
  • San Diego Padres
  • Philadelphia Phillies
  • Tampa Bay Rays
  • Pittsburgh Pirates

In addition to MLB teams, he has worked with the Chicago Bulls and is currently the sleep medicine specialist for NBA teams including the Oklahoma City Thunder, Indiana Pacers, Charlotte Hornets, and Washington Wizards, as well as the Washington Mystics in the WNBA. Within the NHL, he has consulted with the Washington Capitals, the New York Rangers, and the Florida Panthers. He has served with the NFL’s Chicago Bears and the Baltimore Ravens.  In addition to professional athletes, Dr. Winter has studied the sleeping characteristics of 560 Division I-A college football players, and works with several collegiate teams to help optimize their sleep.  Dr. Winter also consults with the United States Women’s soccer team. His expertise in sleep as it relates to health and fitness led to Dr. Winter being named to the Men’s Health Magazine Health Advisory Board.  He regularly appears on Fox News Channel as a sleep and neurology expert and regularly answers readers’ questions about sleep and contributes to its articles as well as articles in Women’s HealthRunner’s World, and Details.  He’s also written articles for other magazines including Triathlete and writes a blog entitled Sleeping Around for the Huffington Post. His debut book, The Sleep Solution, Why Your Sleep Is Broken and How To Fix It was an Amazon best seller. His new book The Rested Child: Why Your Tired, Wired, or Irritable Child May Have a Sleep Disorder–And How to Help was released in hardback on August 17, 2021, and is available for purchase everywhere books are sold.

Dr. Winter is a highly sought after speaker among private and commercial companies. He has lectured on behalf of Jazz Pharmaceuticals, GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, Boehringer Ingelheim, Cephalon, Teva, and UCB.  Through these lectures, Dr. Winter has educated hundreds of physicians about various topics in sleep medicine.  In addition, his wit and enthusiasm for sleep medicine make him especially well-suited for addressing non-physicians about the importance of sleep and has been a resource for organizations such as the United States Military, the FBI, law enforcement organizations, Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), and the Collegiate & Professional Sports Dietitians Association (CPSDA). He has served as a paid consultant for TEMPURpedic, Mattress Firm/Sleep.com, Withings/Nokia, Precision Nutrition, and Rhone.

Dr. Winter is an Echols Scholar graduate of the University of Virginia and received his medical degree from Emory University.  He completed his neurology residency at the University of Virginia and as Chief Resident, won a national American Academy of Neurology Teaching Award.  He completed his Sleep Medicine fellowship at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.  The recipient of research awards from the Sleep Medicine Society and the Associated Professional Sleep Societies, Dr. Winter has authored numerous scientific papers and abstracts dealing with sleep and has been a presenter at many international sleep meetings.  Dr. Winter is board certified in sleep medicine by both the American Board of Sleep Medicine and by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.  He is also board certified in neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.  He enjoys not only studying athletics, but is an occasional triathlete himself. Learn more at: wchriswinter.com