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ISRN Neurology
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 768794, 10 pages
Review Article

Recent Developments in Home Sleep-Monitoring Devices

1Department of Neurology, Massachusetts General Hospital, 55 Fruit Street, Wang 720, Boston, MA 02114, USA
2VA Boston Healthcare System and Harvard Medical School, Brockton, MA 02301, USA

Received 22 July 2012; Accepted 13 September 2012

Academic Editors: C. G. Carlotti Jr. and H. Ovadia

Copyright © 2012 Jessica M. Kelly et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Improving our understanding of sleep physiology and pathophysiology is an important goal for both medical and general wellness reasons. Although the gold standard for assessing sleep remains the laboratory polysomnogram, there is an increasing interest in portable monitoring devices that provide the opportunity for assessing sleep in real-world environments such as the home. Portable devices allow repeated measurements, evaluation of temporal patterns, and self-experimentation. We review recent developments in devices designed to monitor sleep-wake activity, as well as monitors designed for other purposes that could in principle be applied in the field of sleep (such as cardiac or respiratory sensing). As the body of supporting validation data grows, these devices hold promise for a variety of health and wellness goals. From a clinical and research standpoint, the capacity to obtain longitudinal sleep-wake data may improve disease phenotyping, individualized treatment decisions, and individualized health optimization. From a wellness standpoint, commercially available devices may allow individuals to track their own sleep with the goal of finding patterns and correlations with modifiable behaviors such as exercise, diet, and sleep aids.