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Actigraphy, does it add value?

S. Venkateswaran

Keywords : Actigraphy, validity, circadian rhythm sleep disorders, intervention studies.

Citation Information : Venkateswaran S. Actigraphy, does it add value?. Indian Sleep Med 2009; 4 (1):6-11.

DOI: 10.5005/ijsm-4-1-6

License: CC BY-SA 4.0

Published Online: 01-03-2009

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2009; Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd.


Abstract

Actigraphy (activity-based monitoring) has become an essential tool in sleep research and sleep medicine. The validity and limitations of actigraphy in documenting sleep-wake patterns are discussed. Some normative data exists across groups. Actigraphy has been used in a variety of clinical sleep disorders such as circadian rhythm sleep disorders, both in terms of diagnosis and in follow-up as well as in intervention studies. Limitations of actigrapghy exist. Controlling artifacts by using sleep logs and diaries will improve the efficacy. It is not sufficient as a stand-alone device to diagnose sleep-disordered breathing and any disorder which cause motion artefact limits its utility.


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