Periodic Respiratory Pattern Occurring in Conjunction with Eye Movements during Sleep

Science  05 Nov 1965:
Vol. 150, Issue 3697, pp. 763-766
DOI: 10.1126/science.150.3697.763-a


With each flurry of rapid eye movements during the sleep of human subjects there is a decreased amplitude of respiration and a slight increase in rate. Occasionally the rhythmic breathing pattern may even resemble Cheyne-Stokes respiration. The consistency of this breathing pattern suggests that respiration in this stage of sleep is not a direct function of dream content.