Molecular mechanisms of age-related sleep loss in the fruit fly - a mini-review. Academic Article uri icon


  • Across phyla, aging is associated with reduced sleep duration and efficiency. Both aging and sleep involve complex genetic architecture and diverse cell types and are heavily influenced by diet and environment. Therefore, understanding the molecular mechanisms of age-dependent changes in sleep will require integrative approaches that go beyond examining these two processes independently. The fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, provides a genetically amenable system for dissecting the molecular basis of these processes. In this review, we examine the role of metabolism and circadian rhythms in age-dependent sleep loss.

published proceedings

  • Gerontology

author list (cited authors)

  • Robertson, M., & Keene, A. C.

citation count

  • 16

complete list of authors

  • Robertson, Meagan||Keene, Alex C

publication date

  • January 2013