An evaluation of sleep-wake behaviour can be undertaken via an Actigraphy assessment .
This involves wearing an ‘Actiwatch’ over a period of 7-14 days to monitor movement, light spectrum exposure and temperature, which are related to sleep quality and circadian rhythm function. This evaluation can inform
behavioural therapies to support improvements in sleep hygiene.
Actigraphy & Sleep Assessment
The Actigraphy watch is utilised to provide an measurement of rest and activity cycles. These cycles accurately reflect patterns of sleep behaviour, which are often dis-regulated within a number of clinical populations, such as depression, attention deficit disorder (ADHD) and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). The Actigraphy watch provides this information via the following features:
- Internal and External Temperature
- Sensors for Red, Blue, Green, Infra-Red and full-spectrum visible light
- 3-axis Accelerometer to measure movement
Individuals undertaking a sleep assessment will also complete the following:
- Sleep and Wake Diary to confirm and validate the results of the actigraphy assessment.
- Holland Sleep Disorders Questionniare
- Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index