Preterm infants prefer to be awake at night

Fiorenza Giganti, Igino Fagioli, Gianluca Ficca, Giovanni Cioni, Piero Salzarulo

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Wakefulness distribution during a 24-h period was studied in ten low-risk preterm and near term infants through video-recording. The highest amount of wakefulness was found in the night-time period between 02:00 and 05:00 h. This result is different from what was observed in infants during the first year of life, and similar to what was found in the foetus.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)55-57
Number of pages3
JournalNeuroscience Letters
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Oct 12 2001


  • Biological rhythms
  • Motility
  • Preterm
  • Wakefulness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)


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