A new approach to the analysis of the human sleep/wakefulness continuum.
The conventional approach to the analysis of human sleep uses a set of pre-defined rules to allocate each 20 or 30-s epoch to one of six main sleep stages. The application of these rules is performed either manually, by visual inspection of the electroencephalogram and related signals, or, more recently, by a software implementation of these rules on a computer. This article evaluates the limitations of rule-based sleep staging and then presents a new method of sleep analysis that makes no su...Expand abstract
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