Prof Torbjörn Åkerstedt

Phone: +46 8 5537 8947


Director of the Stress Research Institute

PhD in Psychology

Research profile/Current work
I am a professor and director of the Stress Research Institute, where I also lead a research group that focuses on stress, sleep and recovery, in particular on the role of sleep in fatigue regulation. It also includes preventive measures such as stress management, sleep advice and alertness-enhancing measures. My research areas is mainly, sleep regulation, stress and sleep, sleep quality, hours of work and health, sleepiness and security, and the nature of drowsiness.

Altered sleep/wake patterns and circadian rhythms. Laboratory and field studies of sympathoadrenomedeullary and related variables. Acta Physiologica Scandinavica. 1979, Suppl 469.

- Sleep Research Society
- European Sleep Research Society
- Swedish Psychologists Union
- Swedish Medical Society
- Deputy Editor of journal of Sleep Research and Associate Editor of Biological Psychology and Sleep Medicine Reviews.

Selected publication

Åkerstedt, T., M. Ingre, et al. (2010). Reaction of sleepiness indicators to partial sleep deprivation, time of day and time on task in a driving simulator - the DROWSI project. Journal of Sleep Research 19(2): 298-309.

Åkerstedt, T., M. Nordin, et al. (2010). Sleep and sleepiness: impact of entering or leaving shiftwork - a prospective study. Chronobiology International 27(5): 987-996.

Ekstedt, M., M. Soderstrom, et al. (2009). Sleep physiology in recovery from burnout. BiologicalPsychology 82(3): 267-273.

Åkerstedt, T., G. Kecklund, et al. (2009). Sleep homeostasis during repeated sleep restriction and recovery: support from EEG dynamics. Sleep 32(2): 217-222.

Åkerstedt, T., G. Kecklund, et al. (2007). Impaired sleep after bedtime stress and worries. Biological Psychology 76(3): 170-173.

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    Collaborating with

    Lowden, Arne


    PhD in Psychology 1999. Accredited sleep specialist 2010.

    Research profile/Current work

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    Theorell, Töres

    Scientific advisor

    MD PhD Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm. I am a physician who defended my dissertation in 1971 at the Karolinska Institute with my thesis on Life events in rela...



    Division of Biological psychology and treatment research

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