Author(s): Cohen HB, Dement WC
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Abstract Rats were deprived of paradoxical (radid eye movement or REM) sleep for a 6-day period but were allowed substantial non-REM (slow wave) sleep. Thresholds for electroconvulsive shock dropped significantly after deprivation in all these animals, but thresholds in control animals treated in a similar manner, but allowed REM sleep exhibited no change. Deprivation seems to heighten neural excitability.
This article was published in Science
and referenced in Anatomy & Physiology: Current Research