UNIT 10.2 EEG Recording and Analysis for Sleep Research

  1. Ian G. Campbell

Published Online: 1 OCT 2009

DOI: 10.1002/0471142301.ns1002s49

Current Protocols in Neuroscience

Current Protocols in Neuroscience

How to Cite

Campbell, I. G. 2009. EEG Recording and Analysis for Sleep Research. Current Protocols in Neuroscience. 49:10.2:10.2.1–10.2.19.

Author Information

  1. University of California, Davis, Davis, California

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 1 OCT 2009
  2. Published Print: OCT 2009


The electroencephalogram (EEG) is the most common tool used in sleep research. This unit describes the methods for recording and analyzing the EEG. Detailed protocols describe recorder calibration, electrode application, EEG recording, and computer EEG analysis with power spectral analysis. Computer digitization of an analog EEG signal is discussed, along with EEG filtering and the parameters of fast Fourier transform (FFT) power spectral analysis. Sample data are provided for a typical night's analysis of EEG during NREM (non-REM) and REM sleep. Curr. Protoc. Neurosci. 49:10.2.1-10.2.19. © 2009 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.


  • sleep;
  • spectral analysis;
  • EEG