Auditory arousal responses and thresholds during REM and NREM sleep of sleepwalkers and controls

Sleep Medicine, 04/30/2012

The data indicate that sleepwalkers have a higher auditory awakening threshold than controls, but only for REM sleep. These findings may reflect a compensatory mechanism of the homeostatic process underlying sleep regulation during sleepwalkers’ REM sleep in reaction to their difficulties maintaining consolidated periods of NREM sleep.

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