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Keywords:

  • human circadian rhythm;
  • lifestyle regularity;
  • sleep quality;
  • Social Rhythm Metric (SRM)

SUMMARY  A diary-like instrument to measure lifestyle regularity (the 96 subjects (48 women, 48 men), 39 of whom repeated the study after at least one year, with additional objective measures of rest/activity. Lifestyle regularity as measured by the SRM related to age, morningness, subjective sleep quality and time-of-day variations in alertness, but not to gender, extroversion or neuroticism. Statistically significant test-retest correlations of about 0.4 emerged for SRM scores over the 12–30 month delay. Diary-based estimates of bedtime and waketime appeared fairly reliable. In a further study of healthy young men, 4 high SRM scorers (‘regular’) had a deeper nocturnal body temperature trough than 5 low SRM scorers (‘irregular’), suggesting a better functioning circadian system in the ‘regular’ group.