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 [email protected]


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]