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Author (up) de la Iglesia, H.O.; Fernandez-Duque, E.; Golombek, D.A.; Lanza, N.; Duffy, J.F.; Czeisler, C.A.; Valeggia, C.R. url  doi
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  Title Access to Electric Light Is Associated with Shorter Sleep Duration in a Traditionally Hunter-Gatherer Community Type Journal Article
  Year 2015 Publication Journal of Biological Rhythms Abbreviated Journal J Biol Rhythms  
  Volume 30 Issue 4 Pages 342-350  
  Keywords Human health  
  Abstract Access to electric light might have shifted the ancestral timing and duration of human sleep. To test this hypothesis, we studied two communities of the historically hunter-gatherer indigenous Toba/Qom in the Argentinean Chaco. These communities share the same ethnic and sociocultural background, but one has free access to electricity while the other relies exclusively on natural light. We fitted participants in each community with wrist activity data loggers to assess their sleep-wake cycles during one week in the summer and one week in the winter. During the summer, participants with access to electricity had a tendency to a shorter daily sleep bout (43 +/- 21 min) than those living under natural light conditions. This difference was due to a later daily bedtime and sleep onset in the community with electricity, but a similar sleep offset and rise time in both communities. In the winter, participants without access to electricity slept longer (56 +/- 17 min) than those with access to electricity, and this was also related to earlier bedtimes and sleep onsets than participants in the community with electricity. In both communities, daily sleep duration was longer during the winter than during the summer. Our field study supports the notion that access to inexpensive sources of artificial light and the ability to create artificially lit environments must have been key factors in reducing sleep in industrialized human societies.  
  Address Department of Anthropology, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, USA horaciod@uw.edu claudia.valeggia@yale.edu  
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  Language English Summary Language Original Title  
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  ISSN 0748-7304 ISBN Medium  
  Area Expedition Conference  
  Notes PMID:26092820 Approved no  
  Call Number LoNNe @ christopher.kyba @ Serial 1188  
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