The influence of music on aEEG activity in neurologically healthy newborns >32 weeks’ gestational age

Olischar, M., Shoemark, H., Holton, T., Weninger, M. and Hunt, R. W. (2011) The influence of music on aEEG activity in neurologically healthy newborns >32 weeks’ gestational age. Acta Paediatrica, 100 5: 670-675. doi:10.1111/j.1651-2227.2011.02171.x


Author Olischar, M.
Shoemark, H.
Holton, T.
Weninger, M.
Hunt, R. W.
Title The influence of music on aEEG activity in neurologically healthy newborns >32 weeks’ gestational age
Formatted title
The influence of music on aEEG activity in neurologically healthy newborns >32 weeks’ gestational age
Journal name Acta Paediatrica   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0803-5253
1651-2227
Publication date 2011-05
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1651-2227.2011.02171.x
Volume 100
Issue 5
Start page 670
End page 675
Total pages 6
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Aim:
Music is increasingly being used in neonatal intensive care units to aid neurodevelopmental care. The aim of this pilot study was to examine the possible effects of music on quiet sleep (QS) in neurologically healthy newborns.

Methods:
Twenty newborns ≥32 weeks' gestational age admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit at The Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne for specialist consultation were randomly assigned to experimental or control groups. Ten subjects were exposed to music (Music for Dreaming, (Sound Impressions, Pty. Ltd.) using a CD player (50-55 decibel A). Amplitude-integrated EEG was recorded on the BrainZ Monitor (BRM2, Version 8.0, Natus). Background pattern, presence and quality of sleep-wake cycles (SWC) were assessed before and after exposure to music.

Results:
All 20 subjects showed continuous background patterns with developing SWC. Whereas no subject in the control group showed differences in their QS and eight patients in the intervention group showed lower minimum amplitudes of their QS after music exposure. Also, the length of QS and interval between QS epochs became progressively longer in all ten subjects of the intervention group.

Conclusion:
We report a trend to more mature SWC in subjects who were exposed to music when compared to controls suggesting that there might be a small effect of music on quiet sleep in newborns. © 2011 The Author(s)/Acta Pædiatrica © 2011 Foundation Acta Pædiatrica.
Keyword Amplitude-integrated electroencephalography
Music
Neonates
Quiet sleep
Sleep-wake cycling
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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