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European Journal of Applied Physiology

, Volume 113, Issue 1, pp 241–248 | Cite as

Effect of time of day and partial sleep deprivation on plasma concentrations of IL-6 during a short-term maximal performance

  • Salma Abedelmalek
  • Hamdi ChtourouEmail author
  • Asma Aloui
  • Chirine Aouichaoui
  • Nizar Souissi
  • Zouhair Tabka
Original Article

Abstract

The present study was designed to evaluate the effect of time of day and partial sleep deprivation (PSD) on short-term maximal performance and level of interleukin-6 (IL-6) in trained subjects. In a randomized order, 12 football players were asked to perform a 30-s Wingate test during which we measured the peak (PP) and mean (MP) powers. Measurements were performed at 0800 and 1800 hours, after two nocturnal regimens: (1) a reference normal sleep night (RN) and (2) 4 h of PSD caused by an early awakening. Plasma IL-6 concentrations were measured before (P1), immediately after (P2), and 60 min after the exercise (P3). PP and MP improved significantly from the morning to the afternoon after RN (P < 0.05) and from the afternoon to the morning after PSD (P < 0.05). Compared to RN, PP and MP were not affected by PSD the following morning. However, there was a significant decrease in PP and MP (P < 0.001) after the PSD at 1800 hours. In all conditions, IL-6 and resting core temperature were significantly higher (P < 0.05) in the afternoon than in the morning. In all sessions, IL-6 levels increased significantly from P1 to P2 (P < 0.01) and remained elevated in the afternoon during the recovery period after PSD (P < 0.05). However, no significant difference was observed in IL-6 between P1 and P3 during RN and PSD at 0800 hours. In conclusion, a short-term high-intensity exercise may increase the IL-6 concentrations in the morning and the afternoon. Moreover, IL-6 remained elevated during the recovery period in the afternoon after the PSD at the end of the night.

Keywords

Anaerobic performance Sleep loss Diurnal variation Interleukin-6 

Notes

Acknowledgments

The authors wish to express their sincere gratitude to all the participants for their maximal effort and cooperation. This study was financially supported by the Ministry of Higher Teaching and Scientific Research, Tunisia.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Salma Abedelmalek
    • 1
    • 3
  • Hamdi Chtourou
    • 2
    Email author
  • Asma Aloui
    • 2
  • Chirine Aouichaoui
    • 1
  • Nizar Souissi
    • 2
    • 4
  • Zouhair Tabka
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhysiologySousse Faculty of MedicineSousseTunisia
  2. 2.Research Laboratory “Sports Performance Optimization”National Center of Medicine and Science in Sports (CNMSS)TunisTunisia
  3. 3.Research Unit, High Institute of Sport and Physical EducationSfax UniversitySfaxTunisia
  4. 4.High Institute of Sport and Physical EducationKsar-Saïd, Manouba UniversityManoubaTunisia

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