REM sleep characteristics of nightmare sufferers before and after REM sleep deprivation

  • Nielsen T
  • Paquette T
  • Solomonova E
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Abstract

Objectives: To examine whether disrupted regulation of REM sleep propensity is implicated in nightmare (NM) pathophysiology. Background: Heightened REM propensity induced by REM sleep deprivation is belied by increases in REM %, REM density and the dreamlike quality of dream mentation during post-deprivation recovery sleep. Compromised regulation of REM sleep propensity may be a contributing factor in the pathophysiology of frequent NMs. Methods: A preliminary study of 14 subjects with frequent NMs (≥1 NM/week; 27.6 ± 9.9 years) and 11 healthy control subjects (

Author-supplied keywords

  • First night effect
  • Nightmares
  • Parasomnias
  • REM density
  • REM sleep deprivation
  • REM sleep propensity

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