Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Short Communication

REM sleep deprivation: The wrong paradigm leading to wrong conclusions

Jan Born a1 and Steffen Gais a1
a1 Clinical Neuroendocrinology, Medical University of Lübeck, 23538 Lübeck, Germany


There are obvious flaws in REM sleep suppression paradigms that do not allow any conclusion to be drawn either pro or contra the REM sleep-memory hypothesis. However, less intrusive investigations of REM sleep suggest that this sleep stage or its adjunct neuroendocrine characteristics exert a facilitating influence on certain aspects of ongoing memory formation during sleep.

[Nielsen; Vertes & Eastman]