What Is REM Sleep?

Blumberg, Mark S.; Lesku, John A.; Libourel, Paul-Antoine; Schmidt, Markus H.; Rattenborg, Niels C. (2020). What Is REM Sleep? Current biology, 30(1), R38-R49. Cell Press 10.1016/j.cub.2019.11.045

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For many decades, sleep researchers have sought to determine which species ‘have’ rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. In doing so, they relied predominantly on a template derived from the expression of REM sleep in the adults of a small number of mammalian species. Here, we argue for a different approach that focuses less on a binary decision about haves and have nots, and more on the diverse expression of REM sleep components over development and across species. By focusing on the components of REM sleep and discouraging continued reliance on a restricted template, we aim to promote a richer and more biologically grounded developmental–comparative approach that spans behavioral, physiological, neural, and ecological domains.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Review Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Head Organs and Neurology (DKNS) > Clinic of Neurology

UniBE Contributor:

Schmidt, Markus

Subjects:

600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health

ISSN:

1879-0445

Publisher:

Cell Press

Language:

English

Submitter:

Chantal Kottler

Date Deposited:

06 Jul 2020 16:40

Last Modified:

25 May 2021 11:42

Publisher DOI:

10.1016/j.cub.2019.11.045

PubMed ID:

31910377

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.145000

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/145000

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