Could the lack of light, particularly during the winter months, be a contributory factor to cot death?
German pediatrician Bernhard Schluter believes this could be an important reason for this mysterious occurrence.
He points to work on "human meterorobiology" where the weather has a physical effect on tissues, organs and the body as a whole. The theory has been supported by tests on rats, and the effects daylight and darkness had on them.
!ABMJ, 1996; 313: 819.