Sleep Actigraphy

What is Sleep Actigraphy

Sleep actigraphy is a reliable and non-invasive method to objectively monitor sleep/wake cycles and other sleep-related behaviors. It involves the use of a small, wearable device that measures body movement and provides a continuous readout of sleep/wake cycles over a period of time. Actigraphy records sleep cycles, sleep times, wake times, and wake-up times and is used to study the effects of different treatments on sleep patterns. It has been used in the research of various sleep conditions, including insomnia, circadian rhythm disorders, and jet lag.
 
Actigraphy is becoming an increasingly accepted method for assessing sleep in both clinical and research settings. Sleep clinics, for example, often use actigraphy to supplement the diagnostic process and to provide additional information regarding sleep-wake cycles. Furthermore, actigraphy can help identify sleep disturbances that cannot be detected through traditional methods such as polysomnography. In fact, actigraphy has been found to be more sensitive than traditional methods in detecting sleep disturbances due to its long-term recording capabilities.

Why is Sleep Actigraphy important in psychiatry?

Sleep actigraphy is important in psychiatry because it provides an objective measure of sleep patterns and sleep-related behaviors. This can be particularly useful in diagnosing and treating sleep disorders, such as insomnia and circadian rhythm disorders, as well as evaluating the effectiveness of different treatments. Additionally, actigraphy can help identify potential underlying causes of sleep disturbances, such as medical conditions or medications, that are not detected through traditional methods. Finally, actigraphy is becoming increasingly accepted as a valid measure of sleep in both clinical and research settings, making it a valuable tool for psychiatrists.
 
Actigraphy assessment has become increasingly important in psychiatry due to its ability to provide an objective measure of sleep patterns and sleep-related behaviors. In addition to its usefulness in diagnosing and treating sleep disorders, it can also help to identify potential underlying causes that may not be detected through traditional methods. Furthermore, with the proliferation of technology such as smartphones and tablets, blue light emitted from LED and fluorescent lamps can disrupt natural circadian rhythms, which can lead to a variety of sleep disturbances. An actigraphy assessment can provide the therapist with a more comprehensive view of a patient’s sleep patterns to better understand their individual needs and develop tailored treatments.

How does it work?

Patients who frequently report trouble with mood or focus have a sleep problem. Actigraphy allows us to determine the scope of the issue or rule it out as a cause of your symptoms or emotions.
 
We lend our customers an Actigraphy wristband to measure sleep quality as part of Neuralia’s assessment and management of Depression, OCD, ADHD, and insomnia. Red, green, blue, and infrared light sensors are all present on the bracelet. It captures data over a period of seven days and delivers a complete readout of the patient’s sleep quality. Using this data, a customised sleep plan is created that takes into account both the needs of the individual and the potential treatment options.

I don’t have insomnia, do I need a sleep actigraphy assessment?

An Actigraphy evaluation typically gives the therapist additional understanding of the presenting symptoms even if the patient’s presenting symptom is not sleep related.
 
The high spectrum blue light that is emitted by smartphones, tablets, desktop computers, LED, and fluorescent bulbs is what the human body more naturally need during the day. Overexposure to blue spectrum light in the evenings and especially before night, counteracts the body’s release of sleep-inducing melatonin. This affects the quantity and quality of sleep, which in turn affects mood and attention levels.
 
We advise using the Actigraphy wristwatch for another week after Neuralia treatment to check on sleep quality, activity levels, and exposure to blue light before bed.

Neuralia TMS are the Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) specialists in Perth, WA. TMS is non-invasive treatment for depression and several other conditions.

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