Actigraphy

Last Updated: March 10, 2017

Definition - What does Actigraphy mean?

Actigraphy is a clinical method of collecting data on sleep issues a patient may be suffering from. The patient wears a device that looks much like a wristwatch (an actigraph) specially equipped with sensors that monitor and records activity/inactivity and lighted and darkened settings during a twenty-four hour cycle period. Generally, this information corresponds to an average person’s state of rest and supplies feedback to laboratory computers to track progress over the course of a full week in order to better diagnose sleep issues.

WorkplaceTesting explains Actigraphy

Actigraphy is a clinical process that entails careful analysis and deductive results connected with insomnia (sleep) disorders, in which a patient consents to undergo a week long trial session using a specialized wristwatch (actigraph) that houses electronic sensors that detect periods of activity/inactivity throughout the day and electrical/solar light presence. This supplies a solid groundwork in understanding independent biorhythms related to sleep patterns. An actigraph serves as a monitoring and recording device operated at the discretion of its user to document progress within the appointed seven-day time schedule, followed by all information relayed to a laboratory for a clinician to interpret the findings and draw conclusions. The objective for actigraphy is to better assist patients in grasping the importance of sleep hygiene and to assist in sleep disorder diagnosis.

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