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Werth, E; Cote, K A; Gallmann, E; Borbely, A A; Achermann, P (2002). Selective REM sleep deprivation during daytime I. Time course of interventions and recovery sleep. American Journal of Physiology: Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology, 283(2):R521-R526.

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Although repeated selective rapid eye movement (REM) sleep deprivation by awakenings during nighttime has shown that the number of sleep interruptions required to prevent REM sleep increases within and across consecutive nights, the underlying regulatory processes remained unspecified. To assess the role of circadian and homeostatic factors in REM sleep regulation, REM sleep was selectively deprived in healthy young adult males during a daytime sleep episode (7-15 h) after a night without sleep. Circadian REM sleep propensity is known to be high in the early morning. The number of interventions required to prevent REM sleep increased from the first to the third 2-h interval by a factor of two and then leveled off. Only a minor REM sleep rebound (11.6%) occurred in the following undisturbed recovery night. It is concluded that the limited rise of interventions during selective daytime REM sleep deprivation may be due to the declining circadian REM sleep propensity, which may partly offset the homeostatic drive and the sleep-dependent disinhibition of REM sleep.


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Additional indexing

Item Type:Journal Article, refereed
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
610 Medicine & health
Date:1 August 2002
Deposited On:11 Feb 2008 12:18
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 12:16
Publisher:American Physiological Society
Publisher DOI:10.1152/ajpregu.00462.2001
Related URLs:http://ajpregu.physiology.org/cgi/content/abstract/283/2/R521
PubMed ID:12121866

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