Objective measurements of sleep for non-laboratory settings as alternatives to polysomnography—A systematic review

Utrecht University, General Health Sciences, Physiotherapy Science, Utrecht, The Netherlands.
Journal of Sleep Research (Impact Factor: 3.35). 03/2010; 20(1 Pt 2):183-200. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2869.2009.00814.x
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Sleep disturbance influences human health. To examine sleep patterns, it is advisable to utilize valid subjective and objective measures. Laboratory-based polysomnography (PSG) is deemed the gold standard to measure sleep objectively, but is impractical for long-term and home utilization (e.g. resource-demanding, difficult to use). Hence, alternative devices have been developed. This study aimed to review the literature systematically, providing an overview of available objective sleep measures in non-laboratory settings as an alternative to PSG. To identify relevant articles, a specific search strategy was run in EMBASE, PubMed, CINAHL, PsycInfo and Compendex (Engineering Village 2). In addition, reference lists of retrieved articles were screened and experts within this research field were contacted. Two researchers, using specified in/exclusion criteria, screened identified citations independently in three stages: on title, abstract and full text. Data from included articles were extracted and inserted into summarizing tables outlining the results. Of the 2217 electronically identified citations, 35 studies met the inclusion criteria. Additional searches revealed eight papers. Psychometric characteristics of nine different objective measures of sleep pattern alternatives to PSG [(bed) actigraphy, observation, bed sensors, eyelid movement- and non-invasive arm sensors, a sleep switch and a remote device] were evaluated. Actigraphy is used widely and has been validated in several populations. Alternative devices to measure sleep patterns are becoming available, but most remain at prototype stage and are validated insufficiently. Future research should concentrate on the development and further validation of non-invasive, inexpensive and user-friendly sleep measures for non-laboratory settings.

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    • "Other factors that can affect patients' course of illness as pharmacological treatment, compliance and symptoms level were not analysed. In this study we used observed sleep by the nurses as a measure of sleep duration (Van deWater et al., 2011). The gold standard of sleep registration is polysomnography, which is expensive and impossible to use in a PICU. "
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    • "The epoch-by-epoch comparison between Jawbone UP and PSG data confirms that similar to standard actigraphy (Ancoli-Israel et al., 2003; de Souza et al., 2003; Marino et al., 2013; Sadeh, 2011; Van de Water et al., 2011) and to Fitbit Õ (Montgomery-Downs et al., 2012), Jawbone UP had high sensitivity and low specificity , and therefore may be less accurate in evaluating sleep quality in people with fragmented sleep. Interestingly, in our study, two participants had PLMI410, and two participants had PLMI410 and apnea–hypopnea index 45, but none of them showed extreme values in the overall distribution of Jawbone UP-PSG discrepancies. "
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    • "The data it captures are downloaded and analysed to map activity and inactivity segments from which wake-sleep periods are then inferred (Chesson et al., 2007). In their review of 25 actigraphy studies, Van de water et al. (2011) determined that actigraphy was the most appropriate objective measure available to inform general sleep patterns in a non-laboratory setting. Sleep is also measured subjectively. "
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