Journal article

The test re-test reliability of the melatonin suppression by white light

PJ Nathan, GD Burrows, TR Norman

BIOLOGICAL RHYTHM RESEARCH | TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 1999

Abstract

The melatonin supersensitivity to light has been suggested as a biological marker of bipolar disorder. However previous studies have been inconsistent with regard to light induced suppression of melatonin and raising questions regarding its reproducibility and reliability. The present study examined the test re-test reliability of the melatonin suppression by light in healthy subjects. Study was divided into two parts. The first examined the melatonin suppression by 200 lux of light while the second examined effect 500 lux of light. Subjects were tested twice, separated by one week for each part of the study. On each night subjects reported to the study at 1800 h. The first sample was collec..

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