Spectral analysis in cyclic changes of human sleep evaluation
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In this study cyclic changes of human sleep structure were examined. For whole-night polysomnograms of 35 healthy volunteers of both sexes, manual hypnograms were created and divided into NREM-REM cycles. EEG signals from C3-A2 derivation were analysed by computer using Fast Fourier Transform (FFT). For consecutive NREM-REM cycles of individual sleep stages, EEG power density contents for delta, theta, alpha, sigma, and beta waves were analysed. For consecutive sleep cycles, a clear decrease in NREM sleep duration, especially slow wave sleep duration, was obtained. In addition, a decrease in power density of delta waves was observed. For consecutive sleep cycles, increases in REM sleep duration and in power density of theta and alpha waves were obtained. In consecutive sleep cycles, high amplitude delta slow waves are replaced by higher frequency and lower amplitude waves. Thus stages of NREM sleep are replaced by stages of REM.
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