Journal of Sports Science and Medicine
Journal of Sports Science and Medicine
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©Journal of Sports Science and Medicine (2007) 06, 532 - 537

Research article
Sleep Deprivation Induced Anxiety and Anaerobic Performance
Selma Arzu Vardar1, , Levent Öztürk1, Cem Kurt2, Erdogan Bulut1, Necdet Sut3, Erdal Vardar4
Author Information
1 Department of Physiology, Trakya University Faculty of Medicine, Edirne, Turkey
2 Kırkpınar Physical Education and Sport Department, Trakya University, Edirne, Turkey
3 Department of Bioistatistics, Trakya University Faculty of Medicine, Edirne, Turkey
4 Department of Psychiatry, Trakya University Faculty of Medicine, Edirne, Turkey

Selma Arzu Vardar
✉ Department of Physiology, Trakya University Faculty of Medicine 22030 Edirne, Turkey
Publish Date
Received: 08-06-2007
Accepted: 24-09-2007
Published (online): 01-12-2007
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The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of sleep deprivation induced anxiety on anaerobic performance. Thirteen volunteer male physical education students completed the Turkish version of State Anxiety Inventory and performed Wingate anaerobic test for three times: (1) following a full-night of habitual sleep (baseline measurements), (2) following 30 hours of sleep deprivation, and (3) following partial-night sleep deprivation. Baseline measurements were performed the day before total sleep deprivation. Measurements following partial sleep deprivation were made 2 weeks later than total sleep deprivation measurements. State anxiety was measured prior to each Wingate test. The mean state anxiety following total sleep deprivation was higher than the baseline measurement (44.9 ± 12.9 vs. 27.6 ± 4.2, respectively, p = 0.02) whereas anaerobic performance parameters remained unchanged. Neither anaerobic parameters nor state anxiety levels were affected by one night partial sleep deprivation. Our results suggest that 30 hours continuous wakefulness may increase anxiety level without impairing anaerobic performance, whereas one night of partial sleep deprivation was ineffective on both state anxiety and anaerobic performance.

Key words: Psychophysiological disorders, mood, insufficient sleep, muscle fatique

           Key Points
  • Short time total sleep deprivation (30 hours) increases state anxiety without any competition stress.
  • Anaerobic performance parameters such as peak power, mean power and minimum power may not show a distinctive difference from anaerobic performance in a normal sleep day despite the high anxiety level induced by short time sleep deprivation.
  • Partial sleep deprivation does not affect anxiety level and anaerobic performance of the next day.
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