Heat and Sleep Workshop

Time: 19 November 2016 (Saturday), 1.30pm to 5.00pm

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Heat & Sleep Workshop

(for NROC Senior and Master Coaches only) 


Join us for an afternoon and gain valuable insights from two experts in the fields of thermoregulation and sleep, and their relationship to sports nutrition and performance.

Speakers' Profiles and Synopses

Dr Jason Kai Wei LEE, Ph.D., FACSM

Jason Lee obtained his PhD in Exercise Physiology from Loughborough University, UK. Jason is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine. Capitalising his experience as a Commando Officer in the Singapore Armed Forces, Jason applies his military knowledge to his current work as the Head of Human Performance Laboratory at DSO National Laboratories Jason’s main research interests are in thermoregulation and sports nutrition. He serves as an Adjunct Associate Professor in Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine at the National University of Singapore and consults for the Singapore Civil Defence Force and PepsiCo Global Nutrition.


Exercising in the heat often leads to an impairment of endurance performance. Research in recent years has shifted toward the optimum temperature at which drinks should be ingested. The ingestion of cold drinks attenuates dehydration and acts as a heat sink to lower core temperature. Through the latent heat of fusion due to the phase change from ice to water, the ingestion of ice slurry could result in a higher body heat storage capacity. Due to the resultant thermal responses, the timing of ingestion and the associated environmental conditions can affect its efficacy. This information is especially important when only a fixed amount of fluid is allowed to be carried, often seen in ultra-endurance events.

Dr Richard Swinbourne, Ph.D

Richard is a New Zealand trained Dietitian through the University of Otago, and completed his Sports Dietitian course with Sport Dietitians Australia. Richard worked with the New Zealand Rugby Union soon after, as their High Performance Nutritionist for National Teams between 2007-2014, including service delivery with the AB7s and NZ Women’s 7s teams.  Five years ago Richard stepped sideways to explore the world of sleep among elite collision sport athletes, enrolling for a PhD with Auckland University of Technology.

Richard’s work was published in the European Journal of Sports Science in December 2015, titled “Prevalence of poor sleep quality, sleepiness and obstructive sleep apnoea in athletes’. Richard is currently the head of sport nutrition at the Singapore Sports Institute, and is enjoying applying both his nutrition and sleep knowledge to our elite environment here in Singapore.


Dr Richard Swinbourne will present an overview of his sleep research with the championship winning Hurricanes rugby team, and will explore the functions of sleep, how nutrition interacts with sleep, and the importance of sleep for high performing humans and elite athletes alike. The ultimate aim of the presentation is to raise awareness of this essential pillar of human performance, and to provide some functional tools that can be applied to the high performance environment, and to everyday life!

Date and Time

19 November 2016 (Saturday)

1.30pm – 5pm


Singapore Sports Institute (SSI) Seminar Room

Sport Singapore

3 Stadium Drive

Singapore 397630


S$10 per pax

CCE Hours

3.5 hours


  1. Please register via this link: https://www.eventbrite.sg/e/snda-snig-ce-event-heat-sleep-tickets-28213002851. Select “Non SNDA, Non Sport SG”.
  2. Maximum capacity of 20 pax.


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