Even Dogs Suffer From Sleep Disorders

Man’s best friend is also man’s sleepy friend. Dogs can suffer from common sleep disorders, including REM-behavior disorder (enacting out dreams due to a loss of muscle atonia (i.e. reduced inhibition, inhibiting the inhibitor, and/or disinhibition)) and narcolepsy. These dogs are valuable research tools for understanding the underlying, neurobiological mechanisms of sleep disorders. Stanford has a canine unit at the Center of Narcolepsy founded by “The Crusader” Dement. The first video features a dog with REM-behavior disorder, misdiagnosed on Youtube as sleep walking. It’s REM behavior disorder because if you watch closely, you can see the bursts of rapid eye movements, the defining characteristic of rapid eye movement (REM) sleep.


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