Tunable somatosensory stimulation for selective sleep restriction studies in rodents.

TitleTunable somatosensory stimulation for selective sleep restriction studies in rodents.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
JournalConference proceedings : ... Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. Annual Conference
Volume2016
Pagination1640-1643
ISSN1557-170X
Abstract

Many methods for sleep restriction in rodents have emerged, but most are intrusive, lack fine control, and induce stress. Therefore, a versatile, non-intrusive means of sleep restriction that can alter sleep in a controlled manner could be of great value in sleep research. In previous work, we proposed a novel system for closed-loop somatosensory stimulation based on mechanical vibration and applied it to the task of restricting Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep in mice [1]. While this system was effective, it was a crude prototype and did not allow precise control over the amplitude and frequency of stimulation applied to the animal. This paper details the progression of this system from a binary, "all-or-none" version to one that allows dynamic control over perturbation to accomplish graded, state-dependent sleep restriction. Its preliminary use is described in two applications: deep sleep restriction in rats, and REM sleep restriction in mice.

URLhttps://dx.doi.org/10.1109/EMBC.2016.7591028
DOI10.1109/EMBC.2016.7591028
Short TitleConf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc
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