Objective Assessment of Sleep Movements in Neurodegenerative Patients Trough an Electrotextile Tool
The present research work aims at the integration of textile materials and electronic components for the development of a new electrotextile structure to be used in human medicine and healthcare, specifically, in monitoring sleep movements of patients with neurodegenerative disease such as Alzheimer and Parkinson’s. In this context, we sought the development of a new technological solution that allows not only to assess sleep quality, but also to establish a link between the nocturnal movements (body area, number of movements, direction, intensity) of demented patients and their polysomnographic recorded data. For this purpose, the authors developed an electroactive textile system, in order to acquire biomechanic information during the patients’ night rest. The collected data will be statistically processed to verify any relation between night movements and the stage of the disease.
Keywords: Smart textiles, Sleep assessment, Polysomnography, Electrotextiles, Neurodegenerative diseases
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