Experientia

, Volume 48, Issue 3, pp 231–233

Seasonality in human sleep

Authors

  • M. Kohsaka
    • Department of Psychiatry and NeurologyHokkaido University School of Medicine
  • N. Fukuda
    • College of Medical TechnologyHokkaido University
  • K. Honma
    • Department of PhysiologyHokkaido University School of Medicine
  • S. Honma
    • Department of PhysiologyHokkaido University School of Medicine
  • N. Morita
    • Department of Psychiatry and NeurologyHokkaido University School of Medicine
Article

DOI: 10.1007/BF01930461

Cite this article as:
Kohsaka, M., Fukuda, N., Honma, K. et al. Experientia (1992) 48: 231. doi:10.1007/BF01930461

Abstract

The timing of sleep and sleep EEG parameters in 10 healthy male subjects were investigated in four seasons under controlled conditions. The phase of nocturnal sleep was delayed about one and a half hours in winter as compared to that in summer. The duration of stage 4 sleep decreased and REM sleep increased significantly in winter compared with summer. The seasonality in the timing of sleep can be explained by photoperiodic time cues, but the changes in sleep EEG parameters are diffucult to explain in terms of photoperiod.

Key words

Human sleepslow wave sleepREM sleepcircadian rhythmphotoperiodseasonal variationtiming of sleep

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© Birkhäuser Verlag 1992