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Acta Astronaut. 1998 Aug-Sep;43(3-6):181-92.

The sopite syndrome revisited: drowsiness and mood changes during real or apparent motion.

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Naval Aerospace Medical Research Laboratory, Pensacola, FL 32508-1048, USA.


The sopite syndrome is a poorly understood response to motion. Drowsiness and mood changes are the primary characteristics of the syndrome. The sopite syndrome can exist in isolation from more apparent symptoms such as nausea, can last long after nausea has subsided, and can debilitate some individuals. It is most likely a distinct syndrome from "regular" motion sickness or common fatigue, and is of potential concern in a variety of situations. The syndrome may be particularly hazardous in transportation settings where other performance challenges (e.g., sleep deprivation) are already present. It is also a potential concern in cases where illnesses such as sleep disorders or depression may interact with the syndrome and confuse diagnosis.

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