Sleep habits in German athletes before important competitions or games

  title={Sleep habits in German athletes before important competitions or games},
  author={Daniel Erlacher and Felix Ehrlenspiel and Olufemi Adegbola Adegbesan and Hamdi Galal El-Din},
  journal={Journal of Sports Sciences},
  pages={859 - 866}
Abstract Sleep is generally regarded as a valuable resource for psychological and physiological well-being. Although the effects of sleep on athletic performance have been acknowledged in sport science, few studies have investigated the prevalence of sleep problems and their effects on elite athletes before a sport event. In this study, 632 German athletes from various sports were asked about their sleep habits during the night(s) before an important competition or game. The findings indicate… 

Sleep in elite athletes

Sleep is essential for recovery and performance in elite athletes. While actigraphy-based studies revealed suboptimal sleep in athletes, information on their subjective experience of sleep is scarce.

The Variability of Sleep Among Elite Athletes

A review of the current available literature regarding the variability of sleep among elite athletes and factors possibly responsible for this phenomenon is provided and methodological approaches to better address the inter-individual variability ofSleep in future studies with elite athletes are provided.

Sleep, health, and well-being in elite athletes from different sports, before, during, and after international competition

Sleep disturbance during international competition is common and associated with poorer health and lower mood, and Swimmers may be more at risk of sleep difficulty pre and during competition compared to those competing in athletics and soccer.

Sleep and performance in elite level athletes

There is a widespread belief among elite level athletes and their coaches that adequate sleep is pre-requisite for those seeking to achieve optimum performance. Despite the prevalence of this belief,

P068 Sleep quality in athletes and exercisers

Elite competitive athletes show a significant cognitive hyperarousal profile, which could have implications for both performance and potential sleep interventions, and the relationship between arousal, sleep vulnerability and sporting performance is explored.

Identifying electronic-sport athletes’ sleep-wake cycle characteristics

The findings support the conclusion that LoL athletes presented an altered sleep pattern during their training routines and during the competition, which was related to several health problems, including sleep disorders.

The Sleep Behaviour of Students’ Athletes in the Nights Prior to Competition

The prevalence of sleep disturbance in athletes’ in the nights prior to important competitions or games is a worrisome phenomenon. Sixty-one athletes from an Irish university with age range of 19- 26

An Analysis of Sleep and Ergometer Performance in Collegiate Male Rowers

Performance did suffer over the course of the study, suggesting participants were below he minimal amount of sleep necessary to maintain performance, and better athlete education by coaches might prove beneficial for athletes to develop the habits necessary for sufficient sleep and improved performance.



Evidence of favorable sleep-EEG patterns in adolescent male vigorous football players compared to controls.

For the football players, vigorous exercise seemed to lead to longer-lasting electrophysiological change in brain activity irrespective of acute bouts of exercise, and this pattern of results emerged following a day without exercise.

Subjective Sleep Quality prior to Home and Away Games for Female Volleyball Players

In the field of professional team sports, anecdotal reports about athletes who experience disturbed sleep in the night prior to away games due to changes in the sleep environment have been published.

Sleep and Athletic Performance: Overview and Implications for Sport Psychology

Sleep is generally regarded important for maintaining one’s physical and psychological well-being. For the competitive athlete, many factors may negatively impact on his or her sleep, possibly

‘Football Is Good for Your Sleep’

The findings suggest that football sports activity is positively associated with both quantitative and qualitative dimensions of sleep.

Sleep management and the performance of eight sailors in the Tour de France à la voile yacht race

In extreme competitive conditions, the effect of a good night's sleep before competition on performance is important and the strategy of the winners was to get sufficient sleep before each leg so as to be the most alert and efficient during the race.

Insomnia and sleep disruption: relevance for athletic performance.

Behavioral Effects of Nightmares and Their Correlations to Personality Patterns

Factors affecting or inducing nightmares have been investigated repeatedly. However, little research is carried out on the behavioral consequences of nightmares. The present study thus served to

The first-night effect may last more than one night.

Epidemiological study on insomnia in the general population.

A low family income, being a woman, being over 65 years of age, being retired and being separated, divorced or widowed are significantly associated with the presence of UQS, and the consumption of sleep-enhancing medication and medication to reduce anxiety is important.

Sleep, circadian rhythms, and psychomotor vigilance.