The circadian rhythm of body temperature

Physiol Behav. 1992 Mar;51(3):613-37. doi: 10.1016/0031-9384(92)90188-8.


This paper reviews the literature on the circadian rhythm of body temperature (CRT). The review starts with a brief discussion of methodological procedures followed by the description of known patterns of oscillation in body temperature, including ultradian and infradian rhythms. Special sections are devoted to issues of species differences, development and aging, and the relationships between the CRT and the circadian rhythm of locomotor activity, between the CRT and the thermoregulatory system, and between the CRT and states of disease. A section on the nervous control of the CRT is followed by summary and conclusions.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Arousal / physiology
  • Body Temperature Regulation / physiology*
  • Brain / physiology
  • Circadian Rhythm / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Motor Activity / physiology
  • Sleep Stages / physiology
  • Species Specificity