Journal article

The impact of slow wave sleep proximity on evoked K-complex generation

Christian L Nicholas, John Trinder, Kate E Crowley, Ian M Colrain

NEUROSCIENCE LETTERS | ELSEVIER IRELAND LTD | Published : 2006

Abstract

During human stage 2 non-rapid eye movement (NREM) sleep, spontaneous K-complexes are more likely to occur prior to transitions to stage 3 or stage 4 sleep (referred to as slow wave sleep or SWS) compared to transitions to REM sleep, suggesting that the K-complex may be the 'forerunner' of SWS. The present study investigated the impact of SWS or REM sleep proximity on the probability of evoking a K-complex (pKC) during stage 2 and on components of the NREM sleep averaged evoked potential. Ten subjects spent three nights in the laboratory. On either the second or third night tones were presented continuously during sleep. Evoked K-complexes and sleep-evoked potentials were assessed for the 10..

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