Impaired Sleep Quality in Fibromyalgia: Detection and Quantification with ECG-based Cardiopulmonary Coupling Spectrograms

Authors:
Thomas RJ, Mietus JE, Peng CK, Goldberger AL. Crofford LJ, Chervin RD

Reference:
Sleep Med. 2010;11(5): 497-8.

Objectives:
To employ the use of CPC to retrospectively analyze polysomnogram (PSG) ECG data from patients with fibromyalgia compared with matched controls.

Conclusions:
Both ECG and EEG approaches yield consistent findings in this syndrome, further solidifying the hypothesis of altered sleep stability in fibromyalgia.

Practical Significance:
This study shows the favorable comparison of CPC findings over time with traditional PSG findings and the pain diaries of patients suffering from fibromyalgia.

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