Eva Winnebeck, PhD: Temporal Dynamics of Sleep

October 9, 2018

The postdoctoral scientist spoke about an actimetry-based method studying the clinical relevance of temporal dynamics of sleep to make the dynamics easily quantifiable in everyday context.

“We hope that we might get at this fascinating pattern of why sleep is so particularly cyclic, and that would be wonderful to answer."

At the 24th Congress of the European Sleep Research Society in Basel, Switzerland, Eva Winnebeck, PhD, postdoctoral scientist of Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, sat down with NeurologyLive to discuss the analyses from an actimetry-based method that studied the temporal dynamics of sleep and their clinical relevance.

The most exciting finding Winnebeck noted was that a crude measure of movement at the wrist or ankle can actually provide information about sleep, however, Winnebeck added that it may be ignorant to believe that it might not be the case and movement might not reflect these oscillations seen because we know that the entire body’s physiology changes during sleep.

With the discovery of sleep cycles, one of the questions that remains unanswered is the influence of changes in the cycles. Winnebeck hopes to determine a pattern through large datasets as to why sleep is so particularly cyclic.