REM sleep critical for young brains; medication interferes

By Rebecca Phillips, University Communications

FrankSPOKANE, Wash. – Rapid eye movement or REM sleep actively converts waking experiences into lasting memories and abilities in young brains, reports a new study from Washington State University Spokane.

The finding, published in Science Advances, broadens the understanding of children’s sleep needs and calls into question the increasing use of REM-disrupting medications such as stimulants and antidepressants.

The study was funded by the National Institutes of Health.

Making experience ‘stick’

Professor of medical sciences Marcos Frank said scientists have known that infant animals spend much of their early … Continue reading REM sleep critical for young brains; medication interferes