Oct 24, 2019

Wearable Technologies for Developing Sleep and Circadian Biomarkers: A Summary of Workshop Discussions

Christopher M DepnerSean P A Drummond


The 'International Biomarkers Workshop on Wearables in Sleep and Circadian Science' was held at the 2018 SLEEP Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies. The workshop brought together experts in consumer sleep technologies and medical devices, sleep and circadian physiology, clinical translational research, and clinical practice. The goals of the workshop were: 1) characterize the term "wearable" for use in sleep and circadian science, and identify relevant sleep and circadian metrics for wearables to measure; 2) assess the current use of wearables in sleep and circadian science; 3) identify current barriers for applying wearables to sleep and circadian science; and 4) identify goals and opportunities for wearables to advance sleep and circadian science. For the purposes of biomarker development in the sleep and circadian fields, the workshop included the terms "wearables", "nearables", and "ingestibles". Given the state of the current science and technology, the limited validation of wearable devices against gold standard measurements is the primary factor limiting large-scale use of wearable technologies for sleep and circadian research. As such, the workshop committee proposed a set of best practices for validat...Continue Reading

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