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Poor sleep is related to lower general health, increased stress and increased confusion in elite Gaelic athletes

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dc.contributor.author Biggins, Michelle
dc.contributor.author Cahalan, Róisin Máire
dc.contributor.author Comyns, Thomas M.
dc.contributor.author Purtill, Helen
dc.contributor.author O'Sullivan, Kieran
dc.date.accessioned 2018-11-13T14:08:31Z
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/7303
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Objectives: Persistent poor sleep is associated with a range of adverse health outcomes. Sleep is considered the main method of recovery in athletes; however, studies report that a significant number of athletes are getting insufficient sleep. The purpose of this study was to assess the sleep profiles of elite Gaelic athletes and to compare wellbeing in those with poor sleep and those with good sleep.Methods: 69 elite Gaelic athletes completed questionnaires, including the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI), Subjective Health Complaints Inventory (SHC), Nordic Musculoskeletal Questionnaire (NMQ), stress subscale of the Depression Anxiety Stress Scale (DASS), the tension-anxiety, anger-hostility and confusion-bewilderment subscales of the Profile of Mood States (POMS) as well as the catastrophising subscale of the Coping Strategies Questionnaire (CSQ). Participants were categorised into poor sleepers (PSQI5) and good sleepers (PSQI 30min to fall asleep, compared to 5.6% of good sleepers. Poor sleepers had significantly lower general health (SHC) (p = 0.029), increased stress (DASS) (p = 0.035) and increased confusion (POMS-subscale) (p = 0.005). There was no significant difference between groups for number of painful body parts (NMQ) (p = 0.052), catastrophising (CSQ) (p = 0.287), overall mood (POMS) (p = 0.059), or POMS subscales of anger (p = 0.346) or tension (p=0.593).Conclusion: Nearly 50% of elite Gaelic athletes report poor sleep. There is a significant relationship between poor sleep and lower general health, increased stress and increased confusion, and these factors may interact with each other. Monitoring of and interventions to enhance sleep may be required to improve athletes' wellbeing. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Taylor and Francis Ltd en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Physician and Sportsmedicine;46 (1), pp. 14-20
dc.relation.uri https://doi.org/10.1080/00913847.2018.1416258
dc.rights This is an Author's Manuscript of an article whose final and definitive form, the Version of Record, has been published in the Physician and Sportsmedicine 2018 copyright Taylor & Francis, available online at: https://doi.org/10.1080/00913847.2018.1416258 en_US
dc.subject Sleep en_US
dc.subject athletes en_US
dc.subject wellbeing en_US
dc.subject mood en_US
dc.title Poor sleep is related to lower general health, increased stress and increased confusion in elite Gaelic athletes en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.date.updated 2018-11-01T10:05:32Z
dc.identifier.doi 10.1080/00913847.2018.1416258
dc.date.embargoEndDate 2018-12-16
dc.embargo.terms 2018-12-16 en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US
dc.internal.rssid 2737538
dc.internal.copyrightchecked Yes
dc.identifier.journaltitle Physician and Sportsmedicine
dc.description.status peer-reviewed


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