An assessment of sleep architecture as a function of degree of handedness in college women using a home sleep monitor

Ruth E. Propper, Nicole Lawton, Matt Przyborski, Stephen D. Christman

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Abstract

The present study examined sleep architecture as a function of handedness in a population of undergraduate college women using a home sleep monitor. Compared to strongly handed individuals, participants with a tendency toward mixed-handedness had a shorter sleep latency and spent a greater percentage of their sleep period asleep and less awake. Increasing mixed-handedness was also associated with increased NREM; strong-handedness was associated with increased REM. Results are placed in a neurophysiological framework wherein corpus callosum mediated differences in interhemispheric interaction during Wake, REM, and NREM on the one hand, and individual differences in corpus callosum morphology and hemispheric communication as a function of handedness on the other, interact to result in handedness differences in sleep architecture.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)186-197
Number of pages12
JournalBrain and Cognition
Volume54
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2004

Keywords

  • Handedness
  • Methodology
  • Mixed-handed
  • NREM
  • REM
  • Sleep

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