Sleep staging from heart rate variability: Time-varying spectral features and hidden markov models Article uri icon


  • An alternative DSS which models the behaviour of the Heart Rate Variability (HRV) signal linked to stable (NREM) and instable (REM) cerebral waves during sleep and a probabilistic model of the sleep stages transitions for decision was developed. Time-Varying Autoregressive Models (TVAMs) were used as feature extractor while Hidden Markov Models (HMM) was used as time series classifier. 24 full polysomnography recordings from healthy sleepers were used for the analysis and those were separated in two sets of 12 each: training and test set. The classification performance for the test set was specificity = 0.851, accuracy = 0.793 and sensitivity = 0.702. Copyright © 2010 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.

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  • 2010-01-01