Assessment of effects of total sleep deprivation and subsequent recovery sleep : a methodological strategy feasible without sleep laboratory





Faculty/Professorship: Physiological Psychology  
Author(s): Strömel-Scheder, Cindy ; Lautenbacher, Stefan
Title of the Journal: BMC psychology
ISSN: 2050-7283
Publisher Information: London : BioMed Central
Year of publication: 2021
Volume: 9
Issue: 1
Pages: 141
Language(s): English
DOI: 10.1186/s40359-021-00641-3
Abstract: 
Background

Sleep is critical for maintaining homeostasis in bodily and neurobehavioral functions. This homeostasis can be disturbed by sleep interruption and restored to normal by subsequent recovery sleep. Most research regarding recovery sleep (RS) effects has been conducted in specialized sleep laboratories, whereas small, less-well equipped research units may lack the possibilities to run studies in this area. Hence, the aims of the present study were to develop and validate an experimental protocol, which allows a thorough assessment of at-home recovery sleep after sleep deprivation.

Methods

The experimental protocol, comprising one night of baseline sleep (BL) at home, one night of monitored total sleep deprivation and a subsequent recovery night at home, was tested in a sample of 30 healthy participants. Subjects’ fatigue and alertness were assessed prior to and after each night. Sleep at home (BL, RS) was objectively assessed using portable polysomnography. To check whether our at-home sleep assessments yielded results that are comparable to those conducted in sleep laboratories, we compared the sleep data assessed in our study with sleep data assessed in laboratory studies.

Results

Sleep parameters assessed during RS exhibited changes as expected (prolonged total sleep time, better sleep efficiency, slow wave sleep rebound). Sleep parameters of BL and RS were in line with parameters assessed in previous studies examining sleep in a laboratory setting. Fatigue normalized after one night of RS; alertness partly recovered.

Conclusions

Our results suggest a successful implementation of our new experimental protocol, emphasizing it as a useful tool for future studies on RS outside of well-equipped sleep laboratories.
GND Keywords: Schlafstörung; Schlafentzug
Keywords: Total sleep deprivation, Recovery sleep, Portable polysomnography, Alertness, Fatigue
DDC Classification: 610 Medicine & health  
RVK Classification: YH 4200   
Peer Reviewed: Ja
International Distribution: Ja
Open Access Journal: Ja
Type: Article
URI: https://fis.uni-bamberg.de/handle/uniba/54272
Release Date: 29. June 2022