Cysarz D, Linhard M, Seifert G, Edelhauser F. Sleep instabilities assessed by cardiopulmonary coupling analysis increase during childhood and adolescence. Front Physiology 2018. DOI: 10.3389/fphys.2018.00468
The electrocardiogram-based cardiopulmonary coupling (CPC) technique may be used to track sleep instabilities. With progressing age, maturational changes during childhood and adolescence affect sleep. The objective was to assess developmental changes in sleep instabilities in a natural setting.
With progressing age the sleep of children and adolescents shortens, becomes more unstable and is more often affected by fragmentation or sleep disordered breathing, especially in the age group > 13 years.
With progressing age, the sleep of children and adolescents shortens.