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Beta EEG activity and insomnia.

Neurophysiology Unit, Department of Psychiatry, Geneva University Hospital, Switzerland
Sleep Medicine Reviews (Impact Factor: 9.14). 11/2001; 5(5):363-374. DOI: 10.1053/smrv.2001.0151
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ABSTRACT To date there have been seven studies which find that beta EEG is elevated at around sleep onset and during polysomnographic sleep in patients with insomnia. These findings suggest that insomnia may be characterized by central nervous system (CNS) hyperarousal. In this article, the seven studies are critically reviewed, two theoretical perspectives on beta EEG are presented, and the concept of hyperarousal as a three component process is discussed.

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