A review of human physiological and performance changes associated with desynchronosis of biological rhythms

Aviat Space Environ Med. 1984 Dec;55(12):1085-96.


This review discusses the effects, in the aerospace environment, of alterations in approximately 24-h periodicities (circadian rhythms) upon physiological and psychological functions and possible therapies for desynchronosis induced by such alterations. The consequences of circadian rhythm alteration resulting from shift work, transmeridian flight, or altered day lengths are known as desynchronosis, dysrhythmia, dyschrony, jet lag, or jet syndrome. Considerable attention is focused on the ability to operate jet aircraft and manned space vehicles. The importance of environmental cues, such as light-dark cycles, which influence physiological and psychological rhythms is discussed. A section on mathematical models is presented to enable selection and verification of appropriate preventive and corrective measures and to better understand the problem of dysrhythmia.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Physiological
  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Aerospace Medicine*
  • Circadian Rhythm*
  • Fatigue / physiopathology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mental Fatigue
  • Models, Biological
  • Sleep / physiology
  • Space Flight
  • Task Performance and Analysis