From the midnight sun to the longest night: sleep in Antarctica

Pattyn, Nathalie; Van Puyvelde, Martine; Fernandez-Tellez, Helio; Roelands, Bart; Mairesse, Olivier. 2018 From the midnight sun to the longest night: sleep in Antarctica. Sleep Medicine Reviews, 37. 159-172.

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Sleep disturbances are the main health complaints from personnel deployed in Antarctica. The current paper presents a systematic review of research findings on sleep disturbances in Antarctica. The available sources were divided in three categories: results based on questionnaire surveys or sleep logs, studies using actigraphy, and data from polysomnography results. Other areas relevant to the issue were also examined. These included chronobiology, since the changes in photoperiod have been known to affect circadian rhythms; mood disturbances; exercise, sleep and hypoxia; countermeasure investigations in Antarctica; and other locations lacking a normal photoperiod.

Item Type: Publication - Article
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Programmes: BAS Programmes > BAS Corporate
ISSN: 10870792
Additional Keywords: Polysomnography, actigraphy, polar, insomnia, Antarctica, photoperiod
NORA Subject Terms: Health
Date made live: 15 Mar 2017 09:30 +0 (UTC)

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