Calibrating actigraphy to improve sleep efficiency estimates

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Actigraphy (ACT) can enhance treatment for insomnia by providing objective estimates of sleep efficiency; however, only two studies have assessed the accuracy of actigraphy-based estimates of sleep efficiency (ACT-SE) in sleep-disordered samples studied at home. Both found poor correspondence with polysomnography-based estimates (PSG-SE). The current study tested that concordance in a third sample and piloted a method for improving ACT-SE. Participants in one of four diagnostic categories (panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, comorbid post-traumatic stress and panic disorder and controls without sleep complaints) underwent in-home recording of sleep using concurrent ambulatory PSG and actigraphy. Precisely synchronized PSG and ACT recordings were obtained from 41 participants. Sleep efficiency was scored independently using conventional methods, and ACT-SE/PSG-SE concordance examined. Next, ACT data recorded initially at 0.5 Hz were resampled to 30-s epochs and rescaled on a per-participant basis to yield optimized concordance between PSG- and ACT-based sleep efficiency estimates. Using standard scoring of ACT, the correlation between ACT-SE and PSG-SE across participants was statistically significant (r = 0.35, P < 0.025), although ACT-SE failed to replicate a main effect of diagnosis. Individualized calibration of ACT against a night of PSG yielded a significantly higher correlation between ACT-SE and PSG-SE (r = 0.65, P < 0.001; z = 1.692, P = 0.0452, one-tailed) and a significant main effect of diagnosis that was highly correspondent with the effect on PSG-SE. ACT-based estimates of sleep efficiency in sleep-disordered patients tested at home can be improved significantly by calibration against a single night of concurrent PSG.

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