Billiard MEEG. arousals and awakenings in relation with periodic leg movements during sleep

Sleep Disorders Unit, Cerrahpasa Medical School, University of Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey.
Journal of Sleep Research (Impact Factor: 3.35). 10/2000; 9(3):273-7. DOI: 10.1046/j.1365-2869.2000.00202.x
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It is known that periodic leg movements are frequently accompanied by full awakenings or by signs of EEG arousals. The time relationship of these EEG arousals with leg movements varies from patient to patient. They may precede or follow leg movements or occur simultaneously. It is not clear whether these arousals trigger leg movements or, alternatively, whether both EEG arousals and leg movements are separate expressions of a common pathophysiological mechanism. We investigated the temporal relationship of five EEG arousals, such as alpha activity, K-complexes, spindles, K-alpha, K-spindle activities and awakenings, with leg movements in 10 periodic leg movement patients. These EEG arousals were considered to be associated with leg movements if they occurred 10 s before/after or simultaneously with the onset of right or left tibialis muscle EMG potentials. It was found that 49.19% of EEG arousals occurred before leg movements, 30.61% occurred simultaneously and 23.18% occurred just after leg movements. The number of EEG arousals was significantly higher in the 10 s preceding leg movement than simultaneously or in the 10 s following. Alpha activity was the phenomenon associated most frequently with leg movements, irrespective of its temporal organization and was significantly higher during the 10 s preceding movement. Spindle and K-spindle activities were significantly higher before leg movement, whereas K-complex activity was significantly more frequent during leg movements. The number of awakenings was significantly higher after leg movements than simultaneously. These results indicated that leg movements are not primary, but rather are a phenomenon associated with an underlying arousal disorder.

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    • "PLMS are frequently associated with cortical activation (Iriarte et al. 2004). However, the notion that PLMS cause arousal is not accurate, as arousals may occur prior to the leg movement (Ferri et al. 2007; Karadeniz et al. 2000). Interestingly, the facts that experimentally induced arousals (i.e., sleep fragmentation) during sleep do not elicit PLMS in normal subjects (Ferri et al. 2013), and that arousals and PLMS can be dissociated Fig. 1 Mean R–R interval, standard deviation of the NN interval (SDNN), low-frequency components (LF), and high frequency components (HF) during different sleep stages (N1-N2, N3, REM) as well as during wakefulness before (W-pre) and after (W-post) sleep in PLMS patients, and control subjects. "
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