Autonomic function in narcolepsy: power spectrum analysis of heart rate variability

  title={Autonomic function in narcolepsy: power spectrum analysis of heart rate variability},
  author={Luigi Ferini-Strambi and Agata Spera and Alessandro Oldani and Marco Zucconi and Anna Bianchi and Sergio Cerutti and Salvatore Smirne},
  journal={Journal of Neurology},
Ten narcoleptic patients that had never been treated previously and ten healthy volunteers of comparable age underwent 48-h polygraphic recording to assess the effects of wakefulness and sleep on beat-to-beat heart rate variability by means of power spectrum analysis. The study revealed decreased power in the low frequencies (LF) during sleep (whereby an increase of the power in this band is associated with sympathetic activation) compared with wakefulness, with minimal values during stage 3–4… CONTINUE READING

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