rapid eye movement sleep

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rap·id eye move·ment sleep

, REM sleep
that state of deep sleep in which rapid eye movements, alert EEG pattern, and dreaming occur; several central and autonomic functions are distinctive during this state.
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rapid eye movement sleep

See REM sleep, Sleep stages.
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Rapid eye movement (REM) sleep

A phase of sleep during which the person's eyes move rapidly beneath the lids. It accounts for 20-25% of sleep time. Dreaming occurs during REM sleep.
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This description of dream content, with self as hero and others as good or bad, applies almost universally to REM dreams. NREM dreams depart from this formula, however; in NREM dreams the self is less identified as the "hero", and others are seldom "bad" or threatening.
We might postulate that the first two of these functions are served by REM dreams, and the third by NREM dreams.
Research documents that the representation of Self in REM dreams is frequently similar to the perception of Self in wakefulness (point 5 in the scale), with almost all representations falling in the range of points 4 and 5.
The 5-7 year olds seldom report any self activity in their accounts of REM dreams, even though at the same age children are reporting activities as the most salient aspect of their waking self concept (Keller, et al, 1978).
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The befriender percent reaches 90% in NREM as opposed to only 54% for REM dreams. In short, the dreaming mind creates two dramatically different Selves who appear in different stages of the sleep cycle, and engage in differing behavioral strategies in response to unpleasant social encounters.