New study says, Intensive bouts of exercise can lead to serious and progressive decline in sleep quality.
The researchers also find out that a high carbohydrate regime lower some, but not all, of the impacts of hard training.
The scientists from Loughborough University in England studied the impacts of two nine-day periods of heavy training on 13 highly trained cyclists.
The researchers advice the athletes’ moods, sleep patterns and performance before, during and after exercise.
To complete whether diets could counter the impacts of any sleep deprivation, the athletes were also given high or moderate amounts of carbohydrate throughout the study, though none of them knew which.
The study search that even as little as nine days of intense training can cause ‘serious and progressive decline in sleep quality’.
Sleep capacity was significantly lower during the intensified training period,” the study observed, with the number of times the athletes woke throughout the night significantly extended.
They also noticed that the athletes’ moods and capacity for exercise both worsened over the period of observation.
As for the additional carbohydrates, the team concluded that a high carbohydrate regime lower some, but not all, of the impacts of hard training.