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Psychiatry Clin Neurosci. 1999 Apr;53(2):237-8.

Effects of morning bright light on sleep in healthy elderly women.

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Health Administration Center, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan.


Subjective sleep feeling and polysomnography were measured in 10 elderly women to investigate the effects of 8000 lux morning bright light (BL) exposure. The profile of sleep feeling in the BL condition was better than in the control condition. The proportion of awakening time in the first one-third of night sleep decreased, and the amount of awakening time in the last one-third increased in BL condition. Daytime napping reduced in BL condition. These findings suggested the effectiveness of exposure to bright light on the improvement of sleep quality and daytime vigilance of healthy elderly women.

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