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By Scott Bentley General Practitioner / GP Anaesthetist in Australia.
Masako Tamaki, Ji Won Bang, Takeo Watanabe, Yuka Sasaki
We often experience troubled sleep in a novel environment [1]. This is called the first-night effect (FNE) in human sleep research and has been regarded as a typical sleep disturbance [2-4]. Here, we show that the FNE is a manifestation of one hemisphere being more vigilant than the other as a night watch to monitor unfamiliar surroundings during sleep [5, 6]. Using advanced neuroimaging techniques [7, 8] as well as polysomnography, we found that the temporary sleep disturbance in the first sleep experimental session involves regional interhemispheric asymmetry of sleep depth [9]...
May 9, 2016: Current Biology: CB
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