Featured blog: Technology of sleep monitoring… consumer beware!

New Content Item © Flickr, Maurizio PesceIn this blog, Prof Magdy Younes looks at commercially available sleep monitoring technology, and discusses how well this compares to clinical sleep assessment. He confirms that current commercial technology is not an adequate replacement for clinical assessment, and that there is no evidence that these devices can improve sleep quality.

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Sleep Science and Practice (SSP) is an open access journal for clinicians and researchers interested in the study of sleep and sleep medicine. The mission of this journal is to publish international basic and clinical sleep-related research that assists sleep specialists, scientists, and other professionals with their research and patient-care activities. The scope of the journal spans the following:

  • Basic sleep concepts, science, deprivation, and mechanisms
  • Translational sleep research
  • Anatomy, physiology, and pharmacology of sleep
  • Assessment, instrumentation, methodology, training, and policies of sleep
  • Sleep disorders, such as insomnia, hypersomnias, circadian rhythm sleep disorders, sleep-related breathing disorders, sleep-related movement disorders, and parasomnias
  • Sleep and comorbidities
  • Sleep in special populations

SSP welcomes manuscripts on  these topics and recognizes the interdisciplinary nature of sleep and sleep medicine through sleep-related research contributions from diverse fields such as neurology, immunology, pulmonary medicine, internal medicine, psychiatry, psychology, dentistry, pediatrics, endocrinology, genetics, and otolaryngology.

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Featured article: The case for using digital EEG analysis in clinical sleep medicine

New Content Item (1)Proper evaluation of sleep is currently practiced by recording brain activity (EEG) for several hours. The large amounts of data collected are then distilled manually by a highly trained technician, using guidelines that were written fifty years ago. In this review Dr. Magdy Younes questions the use of manual scoring as a gold standard against automatic systems and explores the advantages of digital scoring.

Dr Younes has also written a blog on this article on the BioMed Central blog network.

Reasons to publish in Sleep Science and Practice

  • Editorial Board of leading experts from the Americas, Asia and Europe
  • Multidisciplinary focus, including neurology, psychiatry and respiratory sleep research
  • High visibility – permanent, unrestricted, free online access
  • High-quality peer review service

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