Effects of blue- and red-enriched light on attention and sleep in typically developing adolescents

Journal article


Publication Details

Author(s): Studer P, Brucker JM, Haag C, Van Doren J, Moll G, Heinrich H, Kratz O
Journal: Physiology & behavior
Publication year: 2019
Volume: 199
Pages range: 11-19
ISSN: 0031-9384


Abstract

Differential effects of blue- and red-enriched light on attention and sleep have been primarily described in adults. In our cross-over study in typically developing adolescents (11-17 years old), we found attention enhancing effects of blue- compared to red-enriched light in the morning (high intensity of ca. 10001x, short duration: < 1 h) in two of three attention tasks: e.g. better performance in math tests and reduced reaction time variability in a computerized attention test. In our pilot study, actigraphy measures of sleep indicated slight benefits for red- compared to blue-enriched light in the evening: tendencies toward a lower number of phases with movement activity after sleep onset in the complete sample and shorter sleep onset latency in a subgroup with later evening exposure times. These findings point to the relevance of light concepts regarding attention and sleep in typically developing adolescents. Such concepts should be developed and tested further in attention demanding contexts (at school) and for therapeutic purposes in adolescents with impaired attention or impaired circadian rhythms.


FAU Authors / FAU Editors

Haag, Cornelia
Kinder- und Jugendklinik
Kratz, Oliver PD Dr.
Kinder- und Jugendabteilung für Psychische Gesundheit in der Psychiatrischen und Psychotherapeutischen Klinik
Van Doren, Jessica
Lehrstuhl für Klinische Psychologie und Psychotherapie


How to cite

APA:
Studer, P., Brucker, J.M., Haag, C., Van Doren, J., Moll, G., Heinrich, H., & Kratz, O. (2019). Effects of blue- and red-enriched light on attention and sleep in typically developing adolescents. Physiology & behavior, 199, 11-19. https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.physbeh.2018.10.015

MLA:
Studer, Petra, et al. "Effects of blue- and red-enriched light on attention and sleep in typically developing adolescents." Physiology & behavior 199 (2019): 11-19.

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