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Ancestral sleep.

de la Iglesia, HO, Moreno, C, Lowden, A, Louzada, F, Marqueze, E, Levandovski, R, Pilz, LK, Valeggia, C, Fernandez-Duque, E, Golombek, DA , Czeisler, CA, Skene, Debra, Duffy, JF and Roenneberg, T (2016) Ancestral sleep. Current Biology, 26 (7). R271-R272.

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While we do not yet understand all the functions of sleep, its critical role for normal physiology and behaviour is evident. Its amount and temporal pattern depend on species and condition. Humans sleep about a third of the day with the longest, consolidated episode during the night. The change in lifestyle from hunter-gatherers via agricultural communities to densely populated industrialized centres has certainly affected sleep, and a major concern in the medical community is the impact of insufficient sleep on health [1,2]. One of the causal mechanisms leading to insufficient sleep is altered exposure to the natural light-dark cycle. This includes the wide availability of electric light, attenuated exposure to daylight within buildings, and evening use of light-emitting devices, all of which decrease the strength of natural light-dark signals that entrain circadian systems [3].

Item Type: Article
Subjects : Biosciences and Medicine
Divisions : Surrey research (other units)
Authors :
de la Iglesia, HO
Moreno, C
Lowden, A
Louzada, F
Marqueze, E
Levandovski, R
Pilz, LK
Valeggia, C
Fernandez-Duque, E
Golombek, DA
Czeisler, CA
Duffy, JF
Roenneberg, T
Date : 4 April 2016
DOI : 10.1016/j.cub.2016.01.071
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2016. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
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Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 13 May 2016 13:47
Last Modified : 24 Jan 2020 12:48

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