Sleep-related issues for recovery and performance in athletes

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Kölling, Sarah, Duffield, Rob, Erlacher, Daniel, Venter, Ranel and Halson, Shona L.. (2019) Sleep-related issues for recovery and performance in athletes. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance. 14(2), pp. 144 - 148. https://doi.org/10.1123/ijspp.2017-0746
AuthorsKölling, Sarah, Duffield, Rob, Erlacher, Daniel, Venter, Ranel and Halson, Shona L.
Abstract

The body of research that reports the relevance of sleep in high-performance sports is growing steadily. While the identification of sleep cycles and diagnosis of sleep disorders are limited to lab-based assessment via polysomnography, the development of activity-based devices estimating sleep patterns provides greater insight into the sleep behavior of athletes in ecological settings. Generally, small sleep quantity and/or poor quality appears to exist in many athletic populations, although this may be related to training and competition context. Typical sleep-affecting factors are the scheduling of training sessions and competitions, as well as impaired sleep onset as a result of increased arousal prior to competition or due to the use of electronic devices before bedtime. Further challenges are travel demands, which may be accompanied by jet-lag symptoms and disruption of sleep habits. Promotion of sleep may be approached via behavioral strategies such as sleep hygiene, extending nighttime sleep, or daytime napping. Pharmacological interventions should be limited to clinically induced treatments, as evidence among healthy and athletic populations is lacking. To optimize and manage sleep in athletes, it is recommended to implement routine sleep monitoring on an individual basis.

Keywordsregeneration; high-performance sports; monitoring
Year2019
JournalInternational Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
Journal citation14 (2), pp. 144 - 148
PublisherHuman Kinetics, Inc.
ISSN1555-0265
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1123/ijspp.2017-0746
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85060950381
Page range144 - 148
Research GroupSports Performance, Recovery, Injury and New Technologies (SPRINT) Research Centre
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Place of publicationUnited States of America
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