Altitude and hypoxia as phase shift inducers

I. E. Ashkenazi, J. Ribak, D. M. Avgar, A. Klepfish

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The daily fluctuations in the levels of some physiological and performance parameters have been assessed in three young subjects. The assessment was carried out before and after exposing them to the combined effect of two stressors, reduced barometric pressure and hypoxia. The exposure was effectuated by a simulated flight in a low pressure chamber for 30 min. The measured altitude in the chamber was 25000 ft (7620 m). During the simulated flight, each of the individuals experienced 2-3 min of hypoxia. The examined parameters (oral temperature, peak expiratory flow, grip strength, 2 and 6 digits recognition test, addition, counting backward, and odd-even addition test) exhibited, circadian rhythms whose acrophases shifted significantly after exposure to the combined effect of the two stressors. The phases continued to shift for 4 d in a concordantly synchronized pattern. On the fourth day, they exhibited a tendency to resume their original phase.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)342-346
Number of pages5
JournalAviation Space and Environmental Medicine
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1982


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