Intraindividual Characterization of the Sleep Spindle Variability in Healthy Subjects

J. Gomez-Pilar, G. Northoff, F. Vaquerizo-Villar, J. Poza, G. C. Gutierrez-Tobal, R. Hornero

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Abstract

Spatial and frequency characterization of sleep spindles have been extensively addressed using M/EEG or fMRI recordings. However, its intraindividual variability across time has not been addressed. Here we propose to assess the intraindividual variability of sleep spindles in a time-resolved way by means of a trial-to-trial-variability (TTV) measure. For that purpose, the EEG of 26 healthy subjects were recorded overnight. After an exhaustive preprocessing pipeline to remove artifacts, spindles were automatically detected using a complex demodulation-based method. Then, the Wavelet Scalogram was estimated to validate it. Spindle TTV of each participant was also computed for all the conventional EEG frequency bands. Root mean square (RMS) of each TTV signal was calculated as a measure of the total variability of each spindle. Results showed significant differences in the variability between frequencies. Specifically, RMS in the beta-1 frequency band showed higher values as compared to all the other frequency bands (p<0.001). TTV curves showed a dichotomic trend, with lower frequencies showing an increase in the variability before the spindle onset, and higher frequencies showing such increase after the onset. The dependence of the spindle variability with the frequency could be explained by the influence of the multiple cortical generators involved.Clinical Relevance - Sleep spindles are similarly affected in different cognitive-related disorders, which supports the relevance of assessing abnormal sleep patterns as a possible cause for such cognitive deficits.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication42nd Annual International Conferences of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
Subtitle of host publicationEnabling Innovative Technologies for Global Healthcare, EMBC 2020
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages3473-3476
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781728119908
ISBN (Print)9781728119908
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2020
Externally publishedYes
Event42nd Annual International Conferences of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2020 - Montreal, Canada
Duration: Jul 20 2020Jul 24 2020

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBS
Volume2020-July
ISSN (Print)1557-170X

Conference

Conference42nd Annual International Conferences of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2020
CountryCanada
CityMontreal
Period7/20/207/24/20

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Signal Processing
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Health Informatics

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