paradoxical sleep


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paradoxical sleep

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paradoxical sleep

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(Physiology) physiol sleep that appears to be deep but that is characterized by a brain wave pattern similar to that of wakefulness, rapid eye movements, and heavier breathing
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Noun1.paradoxical sleep - a recurring sleep state during which dreaming occurs; a state of rapidly shifting eye movements during sleep
sleep, slumber - a natural and periodic state of rest during which consciousness of the world is suspended; "he didn't get enough sleep last night"; "calm as a child in dreamless slumber"
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Researchers] have found that a group of cats deprived of paradoxical sleep for a number of days will react the same way humans do.
Exogenous excitation of PPT cholinergic cells can increase wakefulness and/or paradoxical sleep (PS) in a dose-dependent manner (2), while episodes of spontaneous waking and PS are accompanied by increased activity of cholinergic neurons (3,4).
METHODS: The study consisted of two groups: a control (C) group and a paradoxical sleep deprivation by 96 h (PSD) group.
Jerking limbs, twitching ears, and groans are common in large animals during paradoxical sleep.
Vogel and Feng (32) found no evidence of an undifferentiated state with both REM sleep and slow wave sleep processes [termed as "half activated paradoxical sleep (or REM sleep) state" (Frank et al (31))] in neonatal rats studied polysomnographically.