Diurnal change in stature: effects of sleep deprivation in young men and middle-aged men


Sleep deprivation was associated with decreased stature and it blunted the normal 24-h rhythm in young and in middle-aged men. Loss in stature was regained during the first recovery night of sleep. The 24-h rhythm in height is not an endogenous circadian rhythm but depends upon the periods of recumbency over the sleep/wake cycle.

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Acknowledgments. The first author was a Medical Research Council scholar; the second was supported by the Scottish Hospital Endowments Research Trust.

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Jazwinska, E.C., Adam, K. Diurnal change in stature: effects of sleep deprivation in young men and middle-aged men. Experientia 41, 1533–1535 (1985). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF01964792

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Key words

  • Sleep deprivation
  • diurnal rhythm
  • height
  • stature