The effects of partial sleep restriction on biomechanical, physiological, and perceptual responses during an early morning treadmill run

  • T. Steenekamp
  • J. Davy
  • Candice J. Christie


Purpose: The aim of this study was to investigate whether a single night of partial sleep
restriction would affect biomechanical, physiological, and perceptual factors during a fixed early morning treadmill running

Method: Eight recreationally active males performed two 6-minute early morning, fixed-pace, flat runs, set at 60% of their maximal treadmill running speed. Each run was preceded by one of two sleep conditions – a sleep- restricted night where participants’ sleep was limited to 4 hours in bed, and a control night where participants were allowed a normal night’s sleep at home. Stride length, cadence, heart rate, energy expenditure, and ratings of perceived exertion (RPE) were recorded during both protocols.

Results: There were no significant differences observed between the two conditions with respect to stride length, cadence, heart rate, energy expenditure, or RPE.

Conclusion: Sleep restriction of 4 hours does not affect biomechanical, physiological, or
perceptual responses to early morning fixed treadmill running.


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