The Home-Based Sleep Laboratory

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Main idea: Digital technology helps to shift healthcare from reactive to preventive and predictive care. Within this shift, there is a growing demand to make sleep assessment possible using home-based systems. Recent developments offer new and exciting opportunities, but there is still a long process to ensure clinical use. The study proves that sleep cycles shift can be a sign of Parkinson’s disease progression.

Abstract 

Sleep disturbances are prevalent in neurodegenerative diseases, including Parkinson’s disease. Monitoring sleep quality at home has the potential to improve clinical research and to contribute to significantly better-personalized treatment. We review selective, state-of-the-art, home-based devices for assessing sleep and sleep-related disorders. We highlight the large potential as well as the main challenges to widespread clinical adoption of existing devices. In particular, we discuss medical validity, standardization, and regulatory concerns that currently impede widespread clinical adoption of existing devices. Finally, we propose a roadmap with the technological and scientific steps that are required to impact PD research and treatment.

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