A NEW study is under way in Bathurst this month to examine the relationship between exercise, appetite and sleep.
Charles Sturt University has recruited women local aged 25-45 to take part in the six-week research project.
They are undergoing a range of tests examining general health parameters and cognition at CSU in Bathurst before and after the six weeks training.
Lecturer in exercise science Dr Melissa Skein said researchers were interested in the effect of exercise training on “sleep, neurophysiological responses, cognition, body composition, eating behaviour and wellness”.
“While previous research has shown there is a relationship between exercise and sleep, less is known about how and why this is the case, and even less is known about the relationship between these factors in women,” Dr Skein said.
“Some theories are related to changes in hormones and chemicals in the brain, but no studies to date have examined the mechanisms in this population group.”
The study is being conducted in conjunction with Central Queensland University, Sydney University, and Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPA) in Sydney.
Dr Skein acknowledged the support of Mark Simons and his dedicated staff at Bathurst gym Dedicated to Fitness.
Participants in the study have been given free gym membership for the duration of the research program.