Book Chapter

DREAMING DURING ANESTHESIA

MJ Paech, K Leslie

PSYCHIATRIC RESEARCH TRENDS: DREAMS AND GERIATRIC PSYCHIATRY | NOVA SCIENCE PUBLISHERS, INC | Published : 2010

Abstract

Excluding awareness, which is the post-anesthesia recall of real events, dreaming during anesthesia can be defined as any recalled experience that occurred between induction of general anesthesia and the first return of consciousness after anesthesia. It is a common phenomenon (5-50%) that varies in incidence with the timing of the postanesthesia interview. Dreaming is most frequently reported by women who are young, healthy, have home dream recall after sleep, receive short propofol-based anesthesia and who emerge from anesthesia rapidly. Most dreams are short and neutral or pleasant in content, the latter being related to work, family and recreational activities. Rarely, the dream content ..

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