Effects of otolithic vestibular stimulation on sleep

S. Woodward, E. S. Tauber, A. J. Spielman, M. J. Thorpy

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This study evaluated the effects of otolithic vestibular stimulation in the form of a linearly accelerated parallel swing on nighttime sleep parameters and daytime sleep tendency in eight normal subjects. The protocol consisted of one adaptation night following by two motion nights, one adaptation night followed by two stationary nights, and two Multiple Sleep Latency Tests (MSLT), one motion and one stationary. On the motion nights, there was a decrease in stage 2 percentage as well as a facilitative effect on sleep latency on the last night. In addition, an increase in the number of rapid eye movements (REMs) per night was found without a significant alteration of REM sleep amount or latency. No significant differences were found between the motion and stationary MSLT days.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)533-537
Number of pages5
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1990
Externally publishedYes


  • Moving bed
  • Otolithic
  • Sleep
  • Vestibular stimulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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