Endocrine Effects of Circadian Disruption.
Annu Rev Physiol. 2015 Jul 22. Epub 2015 Jul 22. PMID: 26208951
Tracy A Bedrosian
Disruption of circadian rhythms, provoked by artificial lighting at night, inconsistent sleep-wake schedules, and transmeridian air travel, is increasingly prevalent in modern society. Desynchrony of biological rhythms from environmental light cycles has dramatic consequences for human health. In particular, disrupting homeostatic oscillations in endocrine tissues and the hormones that these tissues regulate can have cascading effects on physiology and behavior. Accumulating evidence suggests that chronic disruption of circadian organization of endocrine function may lead to metabolic, reproductive, sleep, and mood disorders. This review discusses circadian control of endocrine systems and the consequences of distorting rhythmicity of these systems. Expected final online publication date for the Annual Review of Physiology Volume 78 is February 10, 2016. Please see https://www.annualreviews.org/catalog/pubdates.aspx for revised estimates.