Author(s): Middelkoop HA, van Dam EM, Smildevan den Doel DA, Van Dijk G
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Abstract Diurnal and nocturnal trunk and limb motor activity of 20 healthy individuals was evaluated by actimetry for 45 consecutive hours. Sleep was assessed by sleep logs. Overall, motor activity significantly (p < .05) decreased in the order wrist, ankle, and trunk. There was significantly more motor activity in the dominant wrist during the diurnal period. Motor activity was significantly affected by the 24-hr sleep-wake cycle, with lower levels and prolonged immobility during the night. Time series analyses revealed different but significant correlations between motor activity at all sites. These data imply that (a) motor activity should be recorded at the dominant wrist when the highest level of motor activity is of importance, (b) recordings at the nondominant wrist are better indicators of trunk movement than are dominant wrist recordings, and (c) sites other than the conventional nondominant wrist recording site should be evaluated to improve the validity of motor activity-based sleep-wake scoring.
This article was published in Psychophysiology
and referenced in Bioenergetics: Open Access