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The falling asleep process in adolescents

Massimiliano de Zambotti, Aimee Goldstone, Mohamad Forouzanfar, Harold S Javitz, Stephanie Claudatos, Ian M Colrain, Fiona C Baker

Sleep | OXFORD UNIV PRESS INC | Published : 2020


STUDY OBJECTIVES: To investigate the pre-sleep psychophysiological state and the arousal deactivation process across the sleep onset (SO) transition in adolescents. METHODS: Data were collected from a laboratory overnight recording in 102 healthy adolescents (48 girls, 12-20 years old). Measures included pre-sleep self-reported cognitive/somatic arousal, and cortical electroencephalographic (EEG) and electrocardiographic activity across the SO transition. RESULTS: Adolescent girls, compared with boys, reported higher pre-sleep cognitive activation (p = 0.025) and took longer to fall asleep (p < 0.05), as defined with polysomnography. Girls also showed a less smooth progression from wake-to-s..

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Awarded by National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)

Awarded by National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI)

Funding Acknowledgements

This study was supported by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) grant AA021696 (I.M.C. + F.C.B.) and 3U01AA021696-07S1 supplement grant (FCB), and by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) grant R01 HL139652 (M.d.Z.). The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views the National Institutes of Health.