Applications of transcranial magnetic stimulation in sleep medicine.

  title={Applications of transcranial magnetic stimulation in sleep medicine.},
  author={Carlo Civardi and A. Collini and Francesco Di Monaco and Roberto M Cantello},
  journal={Sleep medicine reviews},
  volume={13 1},
Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a new method, developed nearly 20 years ago, that allows the study of cortical excitability. The whole brain undergoes profound changes in sleep. Motor evoked potentials (MEPs) have been used to trace the effects of sleep on cortical excitability and to the corticomotoneuron connections. Although in the past some technical aspects limited the application of TMS in sleep, recently we observed a new explosion of interest in this field. The main body of… CONTINUE READING