J Pharm Pharmacogn Res 2(Suppl. 1): S141, 2014
Special supplement with the abstract book of LATINFARMA 2013
C 048: THE ROLE OF ACTIGRAPHY IN THE STUDY OF THE SLEEP-WAKE CYCLE
Meira e Cruz M.Portuguese Association of Chronobiology and Sleep Medicine. Cardiovascular Autonomic Function Lab, Lisbon Faculty of Medicine, Portugal. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
In the recent years activity-based sleep wake monitoring acquired an important role as a measuring tool in sleep research and sleep medicine. Although not as accurate as PSG for evaluating some sleep parameters, actigraphy has the ability to record continuously for long time periods and most often seems more reliable than sleep logs preventing the need of long time observations which are most of the times unfeasible from a practical point of view. Adults and children sleep patterns can be analyzed with the use of this technique which provides important validated objective information either related with sleep and wake schedules, daytime and nighttime activity as well as environment light. Actigraphic analysis may also have a role in the medical care of patients with different sleep disturbances, namely circadian rhythm disorders, insomnia, restless legs syndrome and periodic limb movements. More rarely actigraphy may be useful for selected patients with suspected sleep related breathing disorders. Despite the different conditions for which actigraphy may be helpful, some methodological issues need to be respected in order to obtain clinically useful and reproducible data. In this lecture, author will provide an overview about actigraphy as a tool with great value on sleep lab both for research and for clinical purposes.