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Title: Effects of sports training on sleep characteristics of Asian adolescent athletes
Authors: Haresh T. Suppiah
Low, Chee Yong
Chia, Michael, 1963-
Keywords: Adolescent
Daytime sleepiness
Exercise intensity
Issue Date: 2015
Citation: Suppiah, H. T., Low, C. Y., & Chia, M. (2015). Effects of sports training on sleep characteristics of Asian adolescent athletes. Biological Rhythm Research, 46(4), 523-536.
Abstract: Adolescents are predisposed to poorer quality of sleep and experience shortened sleep durations, with these trends being more pronounced amongst Asians. Even though sleep is crucial for athletic recovery, there is a dearth of literature on the sleep patterns of Asian adolescent athletes. The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of different intensities of sports training on sleep patterns in adolescent athletes, and to describe novel sleep data and daytime sleepiness amongst Asian adolescents who were high-level athletes. Those athletes (age 14.8 ± 0.9 years) in higher-intensity sports showed significantly more deep sleep, less light sleep and wake time after sleep onset. Actigraphically determined bedtimes and waketimes were significantly delayed on weekends, when mean total sleep time was also significantly longer. There was a large effect for an increased daytime sleepiness in high-intensity sport athletes. These findings highlight the phenomenon of social jet lag in Asian adolescent student-athletes.
Description: This is the final draft, after peer-review, of a manuscript published in Biological Rhythm Research. The published version is available online at
ISSN: 0929-1016 (print)
1744-4179 (online)
Other Identifiers: 10.1080/09291016.2015.1026673
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