Aim Sleep has been found to have many recuperative and restorative effects on an athlete’s recovery and preparation for a match. In international soccer it is common that players have to sleep in unfamiliar locations (e.g. hotel) prior to matches however little is known about the quality of sleep achieved in a hotel compared with at home.
Method 21 female international soccer player’s sleep quality was monitored in the weeks before and during four different domestic international camp’s with the use of a mobile application that was filled out each morning immediately after awakening. The sleep quality was a 10-point scale with 1 being negative and 10 being positive. For differences in sleep quality, an independent t-test was used to compare means. Statistical significance was set at p < 0.05.
Results There was no significant difference when comparing sleep quality at home with that of in a hotel in the lead up to a women’s home international soccer match (7.44 ± 1.32 vs. 7.36 ± 1.16, p = 0.39).
Conclusion The findings of the present study indicate that the subjective sleep quality of female soccer players is not reduced in a hotel prior to a domestic international match and is not compromising recovery and preparation for the match. Further research is required to determine whether this is the same for away international fixtures.
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