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Stroke Res Treat. 2011;2011:936298. doi: 10.4061/2011/936298. Epub 2011 Jun 4.

Sleep-Wake Patterns during the Acute Phase after First-Ever Stroke.

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  • 1Department of Health Sciences, Buskerud University College, P.O. Box 7053, 3007 Drammen, Norway.


This study describes the pattern of day and night sleep and explores relationships between these patterns and sociodemographic and clinical factors as well as sleep environmental context and the patient's subjective sleep quality. Data from 110 patients with first-ever stroke was collected by structured interview surveys, medical record, and objective estimated sleep data from wrist actigraphy. The variability in estimated sleep is large. Half the patients slept either <6 hours or >8 hours per night, and 78% had more than nine awakenings per night. Men slept less than women, and patients sleeping at home had fewer awakenings than those who slept in hospital. It was estimated sleep during daytime in all, except 4, patients. Longer stay in hospital was related to more daytime sleep, and the subjective sleep quality correlated with estimated sleep time, wake time, and wake percentage.

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