These watches are used for monitoring sleep patterns in children with narcolepsy attending the Sheffield Children’s Hospital Sleep Clinic. Narcolepsy is a condition characterised by an extreme tendency to fall asleep whenever in relaxing surroundings.
The clinic diagnoses and treats an increasing population of children with narcolepsy from the north of England. The Actiwatches will provide the Children’s Hospital with a validated objective measure of sleep quality and daytime nap patterns for monitoring children with narcolepsy, particularly when making medication changes.
Treatment for narcolepsy can be complex, with new therapies emerging, an individualised program is often needed. The Actiwatches will enable the Children’s Hospital to do this.