Date of Completion

Spring 5-9-2010

Thesis Advisor(s)

Carl Maresh


Sports Sciences


Subjects were tested while walking on a tradmill for 11 days in a row at sub-maximal levels for 90 minutes the heat. After the 10th day, subjects were kept awake for 24 hours before being tested in a state of sleep deprivation on the 11th day. Subjects rated their perceived exertion, thirst levels, and thermal sensations at regular intervals before, during, and after exercise each day. The changes in RPE, thirst, and thermal sensations were examined to determine the progression of heat acclimation and to observe changes in the subjects' perceived workloads. While subjects were significantly less thirsty on day 10 than when beginning the study on day 1, no significant changes occured in regards to thermal sensations or RPE values. On the 11th day, these variables were again observed in order to examine the effects of sleep deprivation on the adaptations of heat acclimation. After 28 hours of sleep loss, subjects rated themselves as feeling significantly more thristy after exercise than they had on day 10, yet again there was no significant change in thermal sensations or RPE values. Throughout the study, RPE and thermal sensation ratings seemed to be closely linked while sensations of thirst fluctuated independently.