Sleep in mammals: ecological and constitutional correlates.

@article{Allison1976SleepIM,
  title={Sleep in mammals: ecological and constitutional correlates.},
  author={Truett Allison and Domenic V. Cicchetti},
  journal={Science},
  year={1976},
  volume={194 4266},
  pages={
          732-4
        }
}
The interrelationships between sleep, ecological, and constitutional variables were assessed statistically for 39 mammalian species. Slow-wave sleep is negatively associated with a factor related to body size, which suggests that large amounts of this sleep phase are disadvantageous in large species. Paradoxical sleep is associated with a factor related to predatory danger, which suggests that large amounts of this sleep phase are disadvantageous in prey species. 

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