Incidence of Sleep Disturbance and Evaluation of Sleep Quality in Patients Diagnosed with Cancer

Reference:
Visco D, Niesley M, Hughes A, Lewis M (2015) Incidence of Sleep Disturbance and Evaluation of Sleep Quality in Patients Diagnosed with Cancer. Clin Res Pulmonol 2015; 3(1): 1030

Objectives:
Sleep disorders affect 10-15% of the US population, which has significant implications for quality of life. Oncology patients often experience more prominent detrimental effects of sleep deprivation. Fatigue is one of the most debilitating symptoms, and occurs in 75% of patients with cancer.

Conclusions:
 The results of this study emphasize the importance of utilizing both subjective and objective assessments for sleep analysis. Assessing sleep with only one of these tools would not provide an accurate account of sleep disturbance. The ability to assess overall sleep quality, as well as low and high frequency coupling has proven valuable in determining further diagnostic testing or evaluations. The contradictions found between subjective, self-reported data and the objective data obtained through the SleepImage® device suggest other factors may contribute to patients feeling sleep deprived or well rested.

Practical Significance:
The ability to assess overall sleep quality, SleepImage® as well as low and high frequency coupling has proven valuable in determining further diagnostic testing or evaluations. 

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Incidence of Sleep Disturbance and Evaluation of Sleep Quality in Patients Diagnosed with Cancer