Sleep after Exercise

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Science  27 Dec 1968:
Vol. 162, Issue 3861, pp. 1503-1505
DOI: 10.1126/science.162.3861.1503


After moderate treadmill exercise, marked decreases in operant responding and in latency to onset of behavioral sleep occurs in cats. The sleep produced is characterized by enhancement of synchronized electroencephalographic activity with suppression of the desynchronized phase. The result is consistent with the theory that a function of synchronized sleep is to facilitate recovery from fatigue.

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