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The effect of “power naps” on aerobic capacity in sleep-deprived subjects

      Introduction: Athletes may often be subject to varying levels of sleep deprivation throughout scheduled training and competition. It is well-established that sleep loss results in impaired cognitive and motor functioning, including slowed reaction time which may negatively impact on exercise performance and training capacity. Although a considerable amount of research has investigated the effects of sleep loss, as well as the benefit of napping during the day on subsequent cognitive performance, the effects of a “power” nap, following a period of sleep deprivation on exercise performance has not been reported. Therefore, this study aimed to examine the effect of a power nap following a period of sleep deprivation on aerobic exercise capacity.
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