Sleep/Wake Regularity Associated with Default Mode Network Structure among Healthy Adolescents and Young Adults

Jessica R. Lunsford-Avery*, Katherine S.F. Damme, Matthew M. Engelhard, Scott H. Kollins, Vijay A. Mittal

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Sleep deprivation and disorders are linked to reduced DMN connectivity. Less is known about how naturalistic sleep patterns – specifically sleep irregularity - relate to the DMN, particularly among adolescents and young adults. Additionally, no studies have utilized graph theory analysis to clarify whether sleep-related decreases in connectivity reflect global or local DMN changes. Twenty-five healthy adolescents and young adults (age range = 12–22; mean = 18.08; SD = 2.64, 56% female) completed 7 days of actigraphy and resting-state fMRI. Sleep regularity was captured by the Sleep Regularity Index (SRI) and the relationship between the SRI and DMN was examined using graph theory analysis. Analogous analyses explored relationships between the SRI and additional resting-state networks. Greater sleep regularity related to decreased path length (increased network connectivity) in DMN regions, particularly the right and left lateral parietal lobule, and the Language Network, including the left inferior frontal gyrus and the left posterior superior frontal gyrus. Findings were robust to covariates including sex and age. Sleep and DMN function may be tightly linked during adolescence and young adulthood, and reduced DMN connectivity may reflect local changes within the network. Future studies should assess how this relationship impacts cognitive development and neuropsychiatric outcomes in this age group.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number509
JournalScientific reports
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 1 2020

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