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The primary function of REM sleep

Bernhard, Mr. Andrew E. (2006) The primary function of REM sleep. [Preprint]

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In this paper, the physiological features associated with the different stages of REM sleep and with what information processing researchers have called “effort” and “arousal” are compared. It is suggested that tonic REM sleep and effort involve an increase in the metabolism of cerebral glycogen, and phasic REM sleep and arousal involve the transfer of glucose from the body to the brain. Both stages of REM sleep seem to elevate cerebral glucose levels and likely result in increased ATP generation in some part(s) of the brain. It is noted that the functioning of the hippocampus depends heavily on ATP, and that this part of the brain becomes especially active during REM sleep. From this, although many details remain to be clarified, it seems clear that the primary function of REM sleep is to re-energize the brain.

Item Type:Preprint
Keywords:REM Sleep Glycogen Glucose ATP Hippocampus Limbic System
Subjects:Neuroscience > Brain Imaging
Neuroscience > Neuropsychology
Neuroscience > Neuropsychiatry
Neuroscience > Neurology
Neuroscience > Neurophysiology
ID Code:5125
Deposited By:Bernhard, Mr. Andrew
Deposited On:05 Oct 2006
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:56

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