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Human circadian phase in 12:12 h, 200: <8 lux and 1000: <8 lux light-dark cycles, without scheduled sleep or activity.

Middleton, BA, Stone, BM and Arendt, J (2002) Human circadian phase in 12:12 h, 200: <8 lux and 1000: <8 lux light-dark cycles, without scheduled sleep or activity. Neuroscience Letters, 329 (1). pp. 41-44.

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Abstract

The light levels required to maintain human circadian phase in the absence of other strong time cues are not defined. We investigated circadian phase in two groups of men, living in partial temporal isolation, exposed to 12 h:12 h light:dark cycles of: (A) 200:<8 lux, broad spectrum white light for 14 days; and (B) 1000:<8lux for 14 days. The rhythm variables measured were urinary 6-sulphatoxymelatonin, rectal temperature, activity and rest (actigraphy and sleep logs). In 200:<8 lux four/six individuals showed phase delays. Exposure to 1000:<8 lux appeared to maintain synchronisation of rest-activity to 24 h, but with a significant overall phase advance of 0.81 h in temperature. These observations suggest that domestic intensity light does not maintain phase without scheduled sleep/activity, possibly due to indirect effects on behaviour influencing light exposure.

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AuthorsEmailORCID
Middleton, BAUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Stone, BMUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Arendt, JUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 23 August 2002
Identification Number : https://doi.org/10.1016/S0304-3940(02)00574-8
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 28 Mar 2017 13:13
Last Modified : 28 Mar 2017 13:13
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/806361

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