REM rebound

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The tendency for a person or animal deprived of REM sleep to spend an increased proportion of sleeping time in REM sleep during immediately succeeding sleeping periods. In research into this phenomenon, the person or animal is awakened whenever a period of REM begins and then allowed to go back to sleep, carefully curtailing the amount of REM sleep but not the total amount of sleep. Also called rebound REM. See also rebound effect.

Subjects: Psychology.

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