Date Approved


Degree Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department or School

Health Promotion and Human Performance

Committee Member

Catherine Gammon, Ph.D.

Committee Member

David Ferguson, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Rebecca Moore, Ph.D.


Sufficient, good quality sleep is associated with better performance in many sports; however, this relationship has not been examined among motorsport athletes. The purpose of this thesis is to investigate the relationship between sleep quality (SQ), sleep duration (SD), and performance metrics among professional racecar drivers. During the 2019 season, five Formula 1 drivers reported SQ, SD, and hours of time change for each race. Performance data (finishing position and points earned) were obtained from a public website. Relationships between sleep variables and driving performance were examined using correlations. Correlations between SQ and driving performance were not significant. SD and performance were positively associated for one driver and negatively associated for another driver (p < .05). Hours of time change was associated with sleep duration for one driver (p < .05). Individual differences in sleep schedules and requirements may mean that sleep is more strongly associated with performance for some drivers than others.