Predictions of melatonin suppression during the early biological night and their implications for residential light exposures prior to sleeping


Rea MS, Nagare R, Figueiro MG




Sci Rep. 2020 Aug 24;10(1):14114

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The magnitude of nocturnal melatonin suppression depends upon the spectrum, amount, and duration of light exposure. The functional relationship between melatonin suppression and the light spectrum and amount have been previously described. Only one duration-dependent parameter was needed to extend this functional relationship to predict nocturnal melatonin suppression during the early biological night from a variety of published studies.

Those predictions suggest that ambient lighting commonly found in North American homes will not suppress melatonin for durations up to 3 h, whereas extended use of self-luminous displays in the home prior to sleep can.

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