Sleep environments and sleep physiology: A review

Troynikov, O, Watson, C and Nawaz, N 2018, 'Sleep environments and sleep physiology: A review', Journal of Thermal Biology, vol. 78, pp. 192-203.

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Collection: Journal Articles

Title Sleep environments and sleep physiology: A review
Author(s) Troynikov, O
Watson, C
Nawaz, N
Year 2018
Journal name Journal of Thermal Biology
Volume number 78
Start page 192
End page 203
Total pages 12
Publisher Pergamon Press
Abstract Sleep loss impairs task performance and post-physical activity recovery, cognitive performance and mood, heightens fatigue and decreases vigour; poor sleep quality impairs decision-making, the speed and accuracy of task performance, and post-exercise recovery. Sleep time and quality are affected by age, psychological and physiological conditions, culture and environmental factors. Skin temperature, rapid temperature change and sweating during sleep can significantly reduce sleep quality. Hence, the thermal properties of bedding and sleepwear, both in steady-state and transient ambient temperature conditions, are logically important factors. Research to date on sleeping thermal microclimates and their effect on sleep quality is scarce. This present review covers the fundamental elements of human sleep, highlighting physically active people, such as athletes, and the influence of sleepwear and bedding on sleep thermal microclimates, as well as the research methods that have been and could be used in this field. This review identifies opportunity for future research direction and approaches to understanding thermal environments that may support better human sleep.
Subject Exercise Physiology
Functional Materials
Keyword(s) Bedding
Human thermal physiology
Post-exercise recovery
Sleep research methods
Thermal microclimate
DOI - identifier 10.1016/j.jtherbio.2018.09.012
Copyright notice © 2018 Published by Elsevier Ltd.
ISSN 0306-4565
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