Lindsey, R., Thompson, W. R., & Mayberry, B. (1996). The effects of 30 hours sleep deprivation on aerobic and anaerobic performance. Medicine and Science in Exercise and Sports, 28(5), Supplement abstract 755.

It was concluded that 30 hours of sleep deprivation does not significantly impair anaerobic performance (Wingate test) or aerobic performance (30 min run at 65% VO2max) in healthy males (N = 30).

Implication. The concern about athletes getting "adequate sleep" prior to a single event may not be as important as is commonly thought. Over-concern might develop unfounded anxieties in athletes with those anxieties then being detrimental to performance.

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