Original Journal Articles



Zitting KM, Münch M, Cain SW, Wang W, Wong A, Ronda JM, Aeschbach D, Czeisler A, Duffy JF
Young adults are more vulnerable to chronic sleep deficiency and recurrent circadian disruption than older adults. Scientific Reports. 2018 Jul 23;8(1):11052.doi: 10.1038/s41598-018-29358-x

de Zeeuw J, Wisniewski S, Papakonstantinou A, Bes F, Wahnschaffe A, Zaleska M, Kunz D, Münch M

The alerting effect of the wake maintenance zone during 40 hours of sleep deprivation. 

Scientific Reports. Published: 2018 Jul 20;8(1):11012.doi: 10.1038/s41598-018-29380-z 


Wittenbrink N*Ananthasubramaniam B*, Münch M*, Koller B, Maier B, Weschke C, Bes F, de Zeeuw J,

Nowozin C, Wahnschaffe A, Wisniewski S, Zaleska M, Bartok O, Ashwal-Fluss R, Lammert H, Herzel H,

Hummel M, Kadener S, Kunz D, Kramer A

High-accuracy determination of internal circadian time from a single blood sample. 

The Journal of Clinical Investigation. 2018 Jun 28. pii: 120874. doi: 10.1172/JCI120874. [Epub ahead of print]

(* = co-first authors)


Scheuermaier K, Münch M, Ronda JM, Duffy JF

Improved cognitive morning performance in healthy older adults following blue-enriched light

exposure on the previous evening. Behavioural Brain Research. 2018 Aug 1;348:267-275. doi:

10.1016/j.bbr.2018.04.021. Epub 2018 Apr 21.





Münch M, Ladaique M, Roemer S, Hashemi K, Kawasaki A

Melanopsin-mediated acute light responses measured in winter and in summer: seasonal variations in

adults with and without cataracts. Frontiers in Neurology, Neuro-Ophthalmology. Published on 11. Sep

2017; 8:464. doi: 10.3389/fneur.2017.00464


Swanson C, Shea SA, Wolfe P, Cain SW, Munch M, Vujovic N, Czeisler CA, Buxton OM, Orwoll ES

Bone turnover markers after sleep restriction and circadian disruption: A mechanism for sleep-

related bone loss in humans. The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. Published: 2017 Jul

26.; 102(10):3722-3730. doi:10.1210/jc.2017-01147  


Swanson C, Shea SA, Wolfe P, Markwardt S, Cain SW, Munch M, Czeisler CA, Orwoll ES, Buxton OM

24-hour profile of serum sclerostin and its association with bone biomarkers in men. Osteoporosis

International. First Online: 2017 Jul 26.​3205-3213. doi: 10.1007/s00198-017-4162-5. [Epub ahead of print]


Münch M, Nowozin C, Regente J, Bes F, De Zeeuw J, Hädel S, Wahnschaffe A, Kunz D

Blue-enriched morning light as countermeasure to light at the wrong time: effects on sleepiness,

cognition, sleep and circadian phase. Neuropsychobiology, 2017 Jun 22; 74 (4):207-218. doi: 10.1159/

000 477093. [Epub ahead of print]


Wahnschaffe A, Nowozin C, Rath A, Floessner T, Appelhoff S, Münch M, Kunz D

Nigth-time aktivity forecast by season and weather in a longitudinal design - natural light effects on

three years' rest-activity cycles in nursing home residents with dementia. International Psychogeriatrics,

2017; 2071-2080. doi: 10.1017/S1041610217001235


Münch M, Schmieder M, Bieler K, Goldbach R, Fuhrmann T, Zumstein N, Vonmoos P, Scartezzini J-L,

Wirz-Justice A, Cajochen C

Bright light delights: effects of daily light  exposure on emotions, rest-activity cycles, sleep and

melatonin secretion in severly demented patients. Current Alzheimer Research. Volume 14, Issue 10,

1063-1075. 2017; doi: 10.2174/1567205014666170523092858


Nowozin C, Wahnschaffe A, Rodenbeck A, de Zeew J, Hädel S, Kozakov R, Schöpp H, Münch M#, Kunz D#

Applying melanopic lux to measure biological light effects on melatonin suppression and subjective

sleepiness. Special Issue: Current Alzheimer Research; 2017;14(10):1042-1052. doi: 10.2174/156720501466

6170523094526. (# = co-last authors)


Wahnschaffe A, Nowozin C, Hädel S, Rath A, Appelhoff S, Münch M, Kunz D

Implementation of dynamic lighting in a nursing home: impact on agitation but not on rest-activity

patterns. Special Issue: Current Alzheimer Research; 2017;14(10):1076-1083. doi: 10.2174/



Regente J*, de Zeeuw J*, Bes F, Nowozin C, Appelhoff S, Wahnschaffe A, Münch M#, Kunz D#

Can short-wavelength depleted bright light during single simulated night shifts prevent circadian

phase shifts? Journal of Applied Ergonomics. Volume 61, May 2017, p. 22-30

(* = co-first authors; # = co-last authors)





Maierova L, Borisuit A, Scartezzini J-L, Jaeggi SM, Schmidt C, Münch M.

Diurnal variations of hormonal secretion, alertness and cognition in extreme chronotypes under

different lighting conditions. Scientific Reports, 6, 33591; doi: 10.1038/srep33591


Borisuit A, Kämpf J, Münch M, Thanachareonkit A, Scartezzini J.-L.

Monitoring and rendering of visual and photo-biological properties of daylight-redirecting systems.

Solar Energy, Volume 129, May 2016, p. 297-309


Lane JM, Chang AM, Bjonnes AC, Aeschbach D, Anderson C, Cade BE, Cain SW, Czeisler CA, Gharib SA,

Gooley JJ, Gottlieb DJ, Grant SF, Klerman EB, Lauderdale DS, Lockley SW, Munch M, Patel S, Punjabi NM,

Rajaratnam SM, Rueger M, St Hilaire MA, Santhi N, Scheuermaier K, Van Reen E, Zee PC, Shea SA, Duffy

JF, Buxton OM, Redline S, Scheer FA, Saxena R.

Impact of common diabetes risk variant in MTNR1B on sleep, circadian and melatonin physiology.

Diabetes. 2016 Jun;65(6):1741-51. doi: 10.2337/db15-0999. Epub 2016 Feb 11.


Münch M, Kourti P, Brouzas D, Kawasaki A.

Variation in the pupil light reflex between winter and summer seasons. Acta Ophthalmologica. 2016 May;

94(3):e244-6. doi: 10.1111/aos.12966. Epub 2016 Feb 4.





Münch M, Léon L, Collomb S, Kawasaki A.

Comparison of acute non-visual bright light responses in patients with optic nerve disease, glaucoma

and healthy controls. Scientific Reports, 2015 Oct 19;5:15185. doi: 10.1038/srep15185





M Münch.

Der Schlaf und die innere Uhr im Alter. Therapeutische Umschau, 2014 Nov 1;71(11):657-62. doi: 10.1024/ 0040-5930/a000606. German


C Cajochen, S Altanay-Ekici, M Münch, S Frey, V Knoblauch, A Wirz-Justice.

Reply to Cordi et al. Current Biology, 2014 Sep 8;24(17):R795. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2014.07.062.


Münch M, Plomp G, Thunell E, Kawasaki A, Scartezzini JL, Herzog M.

Different colors of light lead to different adaptation and activation as determined by high-density EEG. Neuroimage, 2014 Nov 1;101:547-54. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2014.06.071. Epub 2014 Jul 9.


Borisuit A, Linhart F, Scartezzini J-L, Münch M.

Effects of realistic office day- and electric lighting conditions on visual comfort, alertness and mood. Lighting Research & Technology. Published online before print April 22, 2014, doi: 10.1177/ 1477153514531518





Kawasaki A, Collomb S, Leon L, Münch M.

Pupil responses derived from outer and inner retinal photoreception are normal in patients with hereditary optic neuropathy. Experimental Eye Research, 2014 Mar; 120:161-6. doi: 10.1016/j.exer.2013.11.

005. Epub 2013 Nov 22. 


Cajochen C, Altanay-Ekici S, Münch M, Frey S, Knoblauch V, Wirz-Justice A.

Evidence that the Lunar cycle influences human sleep. Current Biology. 2013 Aug. 5; 23 (15): 1485-88.


Putilov A, Münch M, Cajochen C.

Principal component structuring of the Non-REM sleep EEG spectrum in older adults yields age-related changes in the sleep and wake drives. Current Aging Science. 2013 Dec;6(3):280-93. 





Pomplun M, Silva EJ, Ronda JM, Cain SW, Münch MY, Czeisler CA, Duffy JF.

The effects of circadian phase, time awake, and imposed sleep restriction on performing complex visual tasks: evidence form comparative visual search. Journal of Vision, 12(7): 14. doi: 10.1167/12.7.14. Print 2012 July.


Münch M, Leon L, Crippa S, Kawasaki A.

Circadian and wake-dependent effects on the pupil light reflex in response to narrow-bandwidth light pulses. Investigative Ophthalmology and VisualScience 53(8):4546-55. Print 2012 Aug.


Münch M, Linhart F, Borisuit A, Jaeggi SM, Scartezzini JL.

Effects of prior light exposure on cognitive performance, subjective sleepiness, and hormonal secretion in the evening. Behavioral Neuroscience. 2012 Feb; 126 (1):196-203. Epub 2011 Dec 26.


Frey S, Birchler-Pedross A, Hofstetter M, Brunner P, Götz T, Münch M, Blatter K, Knoblauch V, Wirz-Justice A, Cajochen C.

Challenging the sleep homeostat: sleep in depression is not premature aging. Sleep Medicine. 2012 Aug; 13(7):933-45. doi: 10.1016/j.sleep.2012.03.008. Epub 2012 May 19.


Frey S, Birchler-Pedross A, Hofstetter M, Brunner P, Götz T, Münch M, Blatter K, Knoblauch V, Wirz-Justice A, Cajochen C.

Young women with major depression live on higher homeostatic sleep pressure than healthy controls. Chronobiology International 2012 Apr, Vol. 29(3): 278–294.


Chellappa S, Münch M, Knoblauch V, Cajochen C.

Age effects on spectral electroencephalogram-activity prior to dream recall. Journal of Sleep Research. 2012 Jun;21(3):247-56. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2869.2011.00947.x. Epub 2011 Aug 18.





Münch M, Scheuermaier KD, Zhang R, Dunne SP, Guzik A, Silva EJ, Ronda JM, Duffy JF.

Effects on subjective and objective alertness and sleep in response to evening light exposure in older subjects. Behavioural Brain Research. 2011 Oct 31; 224 (2):272-8. Epub 2011 Jun 1.


Duffy JF, Cain SW, Chang AM, Phillips AJK, Münch MY, Gronfier C, Wyatt JK, Dijk DJ, Wright KP, Czeisler CA. Quantification of Behavior Sackler Colloquium: Sex difference in the near-24- hour intrinsic period of the human circadian timing system. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA. 2011 Sep 13; 108 Suppl 3:15602-8. Epub 2011 May 2.





Sundaram P, Wells WM, Mulkern RV, Bubrick EJ Bromfield EB, Münch M, Orbach DB.

Fast human brain magnetic resonance responses associated with epileptiform spikes. Magnetic Resonance in Medicine. 2010, 64(6):1728-38.


Münch M, Silva EJ, Ronda JM, Czeisler CA, Duffy JF.

EEG sleep spectra in older adults across all circadian phases during NREM sleep. Sleep 2010, 33(3):389-401.





Chellappa SL, Münch M, Blatter K, Knoblauch V, Cajochen C.

Does the circadian modulation of dream recall modify with age? Sleep. 2009, 32(9): 1201-1209.


O’Donnell D, Silva EJ, Münch M, Ronda JM, Wang W, Duffy JF.

Comparison of subjective and objective assessments of sleep in healthy older subjects without sleep complaints. Journal of Sleep Research 2009, 18(2): 254-263.


Birchler-Pedross A, Schröder C, Münch M, Knoblauch V, Blatter K, Schnitzler-Sack C, Wirz-Justice A, Cajochen C.

Subjective well-being is modulated by circadian phase, sleep pressure, age and gender. Journal of Biological Rhythms. 2009, 24(3):232-242.


Späti J, Münch M, Blatter K, Knoblauch V, Jones LA, Cajochen C.

Impact of age, sleep pressure and circadian phase on time-of-day estimates. Behavioural Brain Research. 2009, 201: 48-52.





Münch M, Knoblauch V, Blatter K, Wirz-Justice A, Krauchi K, Cajochen C.

Homeostatic sleep regulation under low sleep pressure: are there age effects? Sleep 2007, 30(6): 781-92.





Schmidt C, Peigneux P, Muto V, Schenkel M, Knoblauch V, Münch M, De Quervain D, Wirz-Justice A, Cajochen C.

Encoding difficulty promotes post-learning changes in sleep spindle activity during napping. The Journal of Neuroscience 2006 26(35): 8976-82.


Münch M, Kobialka S, Steiner R, Oelhafen P, Wirz-Justice A, Cajochen C.

Wavelength-dependent effects of light on sleep architecture and sleep EEG power density in men. American Journal of Physiology: Regulatory, Integrative & Comparative Physiology 2006, 290: R1421-28.


Blatter K, Graw P, Münch M, Knoblauch V, Wirz-Justice A, Cajochen C.

Gender and age differences in psychomotor vigilance performance under differential sleep pressure conditions. Behavioral Brain Research 2006, 168:312-7.


Cajochen C, Jud C, Münch M, Kobialka S, Wirz-Justice A, Albrecht U.

Evening exposure to blue light stimulates the expression of the clock gene PER 2 in humans. European Journal of Neuroscience 2006, 23: 1082-86.





Blatter K, Opwis K, Münch M, Wirz-Justice A, Cajochen C.

Sleep loss-related decrements in planning performance in healthy elderly depend on task difficulty. Journal of Sleep Research 2005, 14: 409-17.


Knoblauch V, Münch M, Blatter K, Martens WL, Schroder C, Schnitzler C, Wirz-Justice A, Cajochen C.

Age-related changes in the circadian modulation of sleep spindle frequency during nap sleep. Sleep 2005, 28: 1093-01.


Münch M, Knoblauch V, Blatter K, Schroder C, Schnitzler C, Krauchi K, Wirz-Justice A, Cajochen C.

Age-related attenuation of the evening circadian arousal signal in humans. Neurobiology of Aging 2005, 26: 1307-19.


Neusser M, Münch M, Anzenberger G, Muller S.

Investigation of marmoset hybrids (Cebuella pygmaea x Callithrix jacchus) and related Callitrichinae (Platyrrhini) by cross-species chromosome painting and comparative genomic hybridization. Cytogenetic Genome Research 2005, 108: 191-6.


Cajochen C, Münch M, Kobialka S, Krauchi K, Steiner R, Oelhafen P, Orgül S, Wirz-Justice A.

High sensitivity of human melatonin, alertness, thermoregulation and heart rate to short wavelength light. The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism 2005, 90:1311-16.





Münch M, Knoblauch V, Blatter K, Schroder C, Schnitzler C, Krauchi K, Wirz-Justice A, Cajochen C.

The frontal predominance in human EEG delta activity after sleep loss decreases with age. European Journal of Neuroscience 2004, 20: 1402-10.







Wirz-Justice A. & Münch M.

Editorial. Issue: "Chronobiology". Neuropsychobiology. 2017 Jun 22;74(4):181. doi: 10.1159/000477250. [Epub ahead of print]







Münch M. & Kawasaki A.

Intrinsically photosensitive retinal ganglion cells: classification, function and clinical implications. Current Opinion in Neurology. 2013 Feb;26(1):45-51. doi: 10.1097/WCO. 0b013e32835c5e78 (invited review).




Münch M. & Bromundt V.

Light and Chronobiology – Implications for health and disease. Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience (invited review). 2012 Dec; 14(4): 448–453. 




Münch M.

Chronobiologie - Rhythmen des Lebens. Zeitschrift für Neurologie und Psychiatrie, 2: 2011, 16-18.




Münch M.

Überblick dynamische Beleuchtung - Chronobiologische Beurteilung der Beleuchtungssituation. SEV Bulletin - Fachzeitschrift und Verbandsinformationen von Electrosuisse, 2010, 6: 32-36.




Cajochen C, Münch M, Knoblauch V, Blatter K, Wirz-Justice A.

Age-related changes in the circadian and homeostatic regulation of human sleep. Chronobiologie International 2006, 23: 461- 73.


Juda M, Münch M, Wirz-Justice A, Merrow M, Roenneberg T.

Circadian clock and sleep in the elderly. Zeitschrift für Gerontopsychologie und –psychiatrie 2006, 19(1): 45-51.




Münch M, Cajochen C, Wirz-Justice A.

[German; Sleep and circadian rhythms in ageing]. Zeitschrift für Gerontologie und Geriatrie. 2005; 38 Suppl 1:I21-3.



                                                             Conference Proceedings:




Münch M.

Biologische Lichtwirkungen auf die kognitive Leistungsfähigkeit und den Schlaf.

8. Symposium Licht und Gesundheit; Universitätsverlag der TU Berlin.




Borisuit A, Deschamps L, Kämpf J, Scartezzini J-L, Münch M.

Assessment of circadian weighted radiance distribution using a camera-like light sensor. Conference Proceedings, International Scientific Conference on Renewables in a Changing Climate (CISBAT): Lausanne, September 4-6, 2013.


Maierova L, Borisuit A, Scartezzini J-L, Münch M.

Indoor lighting conditions and inter- individual light preferences: effects on subjective alertness, physical wellbeing and electrical energy consumption. CLIMA Conference, Prague. June 2013.




Borisuit A, Münch M, Deschamps L, Kämpf J, Scartezzini J-L.

A new device for dynamic luminance mapping and glare risk assessment in buildings. Proceedings OF SPIE, San Diego, California, USA, August, 2012.




Borisuit A, Linhart F, Kämpf J, Scartezzini J-L, Münch M.

Comparison of objective and subjective visual comfort and associations with non-visual functions in young subjects. Conference Proceedings, International Scientific Conference on Renewables in a Changing Climate (CISBAT): 361-366, Lausanne, September 14-16, 2011.


Basurto C, Borisuit A, Kämpf J, Münch M, Scartezzini J-L.

Daylight Optimization of buildings and application of advanced daylighting systems in central Mexico. Conference Proceedings, International Scientific Conference on Renewables in a Changing Climate (CISBAT): 397-402, Lausanne, September 14-16, 2011.




Linhart F, Scartezzini J-L, Münch M.

Daylight exposure and circadian efficiency in office rooms equipped with anidolic daylighting systems. Conference Proceedings, International Scientific Conference on Renewables in a Changing Climate (CISBAT): 255-260, Lausanne, September 2-3, 2009.


Linhart F, Wittkopf S, Münch M, Scartezzini J-L.

Recent research on anidolic daylighting systems: highly reflective coating materials and chronobiological properties. Proceedings OF SPIE, volume 7421-7434, pages 74230K-1-15, San Diego, California, USA, August, 2-6, 2009.




Münch MY, Cain SW, Duffy JF.

Biological Rhythms Workshop IC: Sleep and rhythms. 72nd Cold Spring Harbor Symposium on quantitative Biology. 2007, 72: 35-46