Contrastive Learning Advances Sleep Science: Superior Multi-Modal Model Enhances Disorder Detection

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3 min readJun 21, 2024

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Sleep is a complex physiological process evaluated through various methods that record electrical brain activity, cardiac activity, and respiratory signals. Recent advancements in supervised deep learning have shown promise in automating sleep staging and diagnosing sleep disorders. However, many existing methods fail to fully utilize the extensive unlabeled physiological data available from diverse polysomnography (PSG) sensors.

In a new paper SleepFM: Multi-modal Representation Learning for Sleep Across Brain Activity, ECG and Respiratory Signals, a research team from Stanford University and Technical University of Denmark introduces SleepFM, the first attempt at developing a multi-modal contrastive learning (CL) approach for PSG analysis, outperforming end-to-end trained convolutional neural networks (CNNs) in tasks like demographic attribute prediction and sleep stage classification.

SleepFM stands out in two significant ways. First, it employs self-supervised representation learning on a large sleep dataset, unlike most prior works that rely on supervised learning. Second, it is…

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