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We have performed continuous recording of cutaneous PO2 (cPO2) together with a polygraphic recording of sleep in 12 normal premature babies, 36-38 weeks of post-conceptional age. In all babies, cPO2 was significantly lower (77.2 +/- 23.2) and more variable in active sleep than in quiet sleep (81.8 +/- 24.6). This difference is significantly related to the(More)