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REM sleep

A period of sleep during which dreaming takes place, characterized by rapid periodic twitching movements of the eye muscles and other physiological changes, such as accelerated respiration and heart rate, increased brain activity, and muscle relaxation. REM sleep is the fifth and last stage of sleep that occurs in the sleep cycle, preceded by four stages of non-REM sleep. Also called paradoxical sleep.

[r(apid) e(ye) m(ovement).]
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REM′ sleep`

rapid eye movement sleep: a recurrent sleep pattern during which dreaming occurs while the eyes rapidly shift under closed lids. Compare slow-wave sleep.
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Noun1.REM 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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