Alternating vigilance states: new insights regarding neuronal networks and mechanisms.

  title={Alternating vigilance states: new insights regarding neuronal networks and mechanisms.},
  author={Patrice Fort and Claudio Bassetti and P H Luppi},
  journal={The European journal of neuroscience},
  volume={29 9},
Since the discovery of rapid eye movement (REM) sleep (also known as paradoxical sleep; PS), it is accepted that sleep is an active process. PS is characterized by EEG rhythmic activity resembling that of waking with a disappearance of muscle tone and the occurrence of REMs, in contrast to slow-wave sleep (SWS, also known as non-REM sleep) identified by the presence of delta waves. Here, we review the most recent data on the mechanisms responsible for the genesis of SWS and PS. Based on these… CONTINUE READING
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