Exercise in a cold environment after sleep deprivation

  • Margaret A. Kolka
  • Bruce J. Martin
  • Reynaldo S. Elizondo


Seven subjects exercised to thermal comfort in a cold environment (0‡ C, 2.5 m·s−1) after normal sleep (control) and following a 50-h period of sleep deprivation. Resting core temperature (rectal) taken before the subject entered the cold environment was significantly lower (−0.5‡ C,P<0.05) following the 50-h period of wakefulness. However, rectal temperature was not different after 15 min of exercise during the two exposures, suggesting that the subjects stored heat more rapidly during the first 15 min of exercise after sleep deprivation. No significant differences in self-chosen exercise intensity, heart rate, metabolic rate, or exercise time were evident between the control and sleep deprived exposures. Fifty hours of sleep deprivation failed to alter the core temperature response during exercise in severe cold stress, and subjects chose identical work rates to minimize fatigue and cold sensation. The results suggest that the 50-h sleep deprivation period was not a true physiological stress during exercise in a cold environment. (Supported by Contract # DAMD 17-81-C1023.)

Key words

Exercise Cold-temperature Sleep deprivation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Margaret A. Kolka
    • 1
  • Bruce J. Martin
    • 1
  • Reynaldo S. Elizondo
    • 1
  1. 1.Physiology Section, Medical Sciences ProgramIndiana University School of MedicineBloomingtonUSA

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