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Exercise before bed does not impact sleep inertia in young healthy males
journal contributionposted on 2020-07-13, 00:00 authored by Grace VincentGrace Vincent, Charli SargentCharli Sargent, Gregory RoachGregory Roach, Dean MillerDean Miller, Katya KovacKatya Kovac, Aaron ScanlanAaron Scanlan, L Waggoner, Antonio LastellaAntonio Lastella
Sleep inertia is the transitional state marked by impaired cognitive performance and reduced vigilance upon waking. Exercising before bed may increase the amount of slow wave sleep (SWS) within the sleep period, which has previously been associated with increased sleep inertia. Healthy males (n=12) spent three nights in a sleep laboratory (one-night wash-out period between each night) and completed one of the three conditions on each visit – no exercise, aerobic exercise (30 min cycling at 75% HR), and resistance exercise (six resistance exercises, three sets of 10 repetitions). The exercise conditions were completed 90 min prior to bed. Sleep was measured using polysomnography. Upon waking, participants completed five test batteries every 15 min including the Karolinska Sleepiness Scale, a Psychomotor Vigilance Task and the Spatial Configuration Task. Two separate linear mixed-effects models were used to assess 1) the impact of condition and 2) the amount of slow wave sleep, on sleep inertia. There were no significant differences in sleep inertia between conditions, likely as a result of the similar sleep amount, sleep structure and time of awakening between conditions. SWS amount impacted fastest 10% reciprocal reaction time on the PVT only, whereby more SWS improved performance, however the magnitude of this relationship was small. Results from this study suggest that exercise performed 90 min before bed does not negatively impact on sleep or sleep inertia. Future studies should investigate the impact of exercise intensity, duration and timing on sleep and subsequent sleep inertia.
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External Author AffiliationsInstitutes for Behavior Resources, USA
Author Research Institute
- Appleton Institute