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New Study From APS: Synched Work Schedules during “Antarctic Summer” May Affect Release Patterns of Sleep and Wake Hormones

March 09, 2017
   

Antarctic sleep study shows how social behavior, environment interact to trigger physiological function

The continuous daylight conditions of summer in Antarctica are known to interfere with physiological functions such as sleep patterns and the release of melatonin, a hormone associated with circadian rhythms and sleep. Now, a study offers new information about why people in this region sleep poorly, and suggests that social behavior may also play a role. The study, published ahead of print in the Journal of Applied Physiology, was chosen as an APSselect article for March. Read the full article here.

 



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