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Sleep inertia refers to the period of reduced vigilance following upon awakening from sleep. To investigate the time course of sleep inertia, self-ratings of alertness and reaction time in a memory task were repeatedly assessed after nighttime and daytime sleep episodes in healthy young men. Alertness gradually increased and reaction time gradually decreased within the first hour after awakening. Their time course could be described by exponential functions with time constants of 0.45 h and 0.3 h, respectively. The data demonstrate that sleep inertia is a robust, quantifiable process that can be incorporated in models of sleep and vigilance.
|Item Type:||Journal Article, refereed|
|Communities & Collections:||04 Faculty of Medicine > Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology|
|DDC:||570 Life sciences; biology|
610 Medicine & health
|Date:||01 December 1995|
|Deposited On:||11 Feb 2008 13:19|
|Last Modified:||27 Nov 2013 22:27|
|Publisher:||Università di Pisa|
|Citations:||Web of Science®. Times cited: 51|
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