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Sleep Med Rev. 2017 Jun;33:58-69. doi: 10.1016/j.smrv.2016.05.003. Epub 2016 May 27.

Actigraphic features of bipolar disorder: A systematic review and meta-analysis.

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1
Institute of Psychiatry and Psychology, Catholic University of Sacred Heart, L.go A. Gemelli 8, 00168, Rome, Italy; Clinical Trial Unit, University Department of Pediatrics, Bambino Gesù Children's Hospital, IRCCS, Piazza Sant'Onofrio 4, 00100, Rome, Italy. Electronic address: decrescenzo.franco@gmail.com.
2
Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, Warneford Hospital, Headington, Oxford, OX3 7JX, United Kingdom.
3
University of Oxford, Department of Psychiatry, Warneford Hospital, Headington, Oxford, OX3 7JX, United Kingdom.
4
Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, Warneford Hospital, Headington, Oxford, OX3 7JX, United Kingdom; University of Oxford, Department of Psychiatry, Warneford Hospital, Headington, Oxford, OX3 7JX, United Kingdom.

Abstract

Sleep disruptions represent a core feature of bipolar disorders and have been widely studied through the use of actigraphy, which is an objective measure of motor activity and sleep. Finding objective outcomes, which reliably measure sleep in bipolar disorders, is essential in developing better therapies and improving follow-up monitoring strategies. Our aim is to understand the role of actigraphy as an objective measure of sleep in bipolar disorder. We undertook a systematic review and meta-analysis on studies using actigraphy to detect changes in activity and sleep patterns in bipolar patients versus healthy controls. The primary outcome measures were the analyses of 'activity mean' and 'sleep duration'. As secondary outcomes we analysed 'sleep onset latency', 'sleep efficiency', and 'time awake after sleep onset'. Thirteen studies comprising 821 subjects met quality criteria for inclusion. The results show a decrease in activity mean and an altered pattern of sleep in bipolar patients. Further analyses suggest that the results might be generalized to a bipolar condition which underlies manic and depressed episodes as well as euthymic phases. This study highlights the role of actigraphy as an important objective tool for the ambulatory monitoring of sleep and activity in bipolar disorders.

KEYWORDS:

Actigraphy; Adult; Bipolar disorders; Meta-analysis; Sleep disorders

PMID:
28185811
DOI:
10.1016/j.smrv.2016.05.003
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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