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Ongoing Bateman Horne Center using wearable technology to look at sleep, energy expenditure, etc.

Discussion in 'General ME/CFS News' started by Dolphin, Dec 11, 2015.

  1. Dolphin

    Dolphin Senior Member

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    [Note: It sounds like they have enough participants].

    This is about a pilot study the Bateman Horne Center (in Utah, USA) has organised:

    It is using a ring:
    Initial pilot study involves 20 ME/CFS patients.

    https://batemanhornecenter.org/empowered-research-while-you-sleep
     
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  2. Little Bluestem

    Little Bluestem All Good Things Must Come to an End

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    This sounds like they might be needing more people in the future.


    The Oura is another one of the those %#&! devices that requires a smartphone. :grumpy:
     
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  3. Keela Too

    Keela Too Sally Burch

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    This looks very interesting and must surely be the way forward for following up any treatment protocols.

    Wonder how PACE results would have looked with all the patients wearing these? Interesting!
     
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  4. duncan

    duncan Senior Member

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    I am a little concerned they are studying a downstream effect.

    Is there an implication that our energy deficits and cognitive deficits and weakness and vertigo, etc, are rooted in a sleep disorder?

    Abnormal sleep, like pain and exhaustion and brain fog, is just another symptom.
     
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  5. lansbergen

    lansbergen Senior Member

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    Yes. I sleep like a baby now for quite some while and I am not cured.

    But without good sleep one can not heal.
     
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  6. SOC

    SOC Senior Member

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    My guess is that they are not assuming a sleep disorder is the cause of ME/CFS. It's more likely that this very small study is just a test of this particular technology as a method of gathering relevant data about the current condition of a patient. By having an easy way to collect some symptom data from a distant patient, a physician might be better able to judge the effectiveness of treatment protocols. Better than those darned after-the-fact questionnaires you get at the specialist's office once or twice a year for which you have to remember how well you slept or how active you were 6 months ago compared to now. :depressed:
     
  7. MeSci

    MeSci ME/CFS since 1995; activity level 6?

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    Hopefully they are not talking about M.E. when they say "It measures total sleep time and amount of deep and REM sleep each night and during the day it measures energy expenditure and activity. The ring uses these parameters to learn about your sleep and your body and then it helps guide the ring wearer towards better sleep and performance."

    That does sound like treating sleep problems as the primary issue.
     
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  8. Little Bluestem

    Little Bluestem All Good Things Must Come to an End

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    Many of us have sleep issues. If they could be treated, that would be one less thing to deal with.
     
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