Physical recreation, hormone secretion, immune systems, memory functions, and mood are all related to sufficient and restorative sleep. As biomedical engineers, we would like to quantify this ultimate “sleep quality,” but how can we assess it?
Thomas Penzel, PhD, is a physicist, human biologist, and physiologist. He is the scientific director of the sleep medicine center at Charite Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany since 2006. He is interested in cardiac, circulation, respiration and sleep regulation and related biosignals and diagnostic and therapeutic systems. For these physiological systems and for clinical applications translational research is regarded as future directing. He is member of several editorial boards of other journals and involved in the boards of several societies related to biomedical engineering and sleep medicine.