Sleep Extremes Research

Overview

Obtaining adequate sleep is fundamental for optimal physical and cognitive function. Unfortunately, due to the demands of training and work, athletes, emergency service and military personnel often do not obtain the recommended 7-9 h sleep per day. The Extremes Research Group have conducted a series of studies investigating the effect of sleep on exercise performance, thermoregulation and immune function. So far, these studies have highlighted, a single night’s sleep loss significantly reduces endurance performance, and most recently, that a short afternoon nap may benefit endurance performance in people sleeping less than 7 h per night.

Key Staff

Prof Neil Walsh

Dr Samuel Oliver