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Napping Behavior in Narcoleptic Patients: A Four-Hour Cycle in Slow Wave Sleep

  • M. Billiard
  • J. De Koninck
  • D. Coulombe
  • A. Touzery

Abstract

The issue of whether adult humans may have an endogenous, though masked, polyphasic sleep-wake tendency is of major importance in view of the proposal that people undergoing prolonged periods of work use polyphasic sleep-wake schedules. This question has been approached in several ways: by looking at sleep patterns of animals living in dangerous environments (Mukhametov et al., 1977; Pilleri, 1979); by having adult human subjects maintain different ultradian schedules (Weitzman et al., 1974; Carskadon and Dement, 1975; Moses et al., 1975; Lavie and Scherson, 1981; Lavie and Zomer, 1984); by submitting subjects to conditions of disentrainment (Campbell, 1983); and by observing the effects of self-imposed ultrashort sleep-wake schedules on yachtsmen engaged in prolonged single-handed sailing races (Stampi, 1985).

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Excessive Daytime Sleepiness Total Sleep Time Slow Wave Sleep NREM Sleep Nocturnal Sleep 
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  • M. Billiard
  • J. De Koninck
  • D. Coulombe
  • A. Touzery

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