rapid eye movement


Definition of rapid eye movement

: a rapid conjugate movement of the eyes associated especially with REM sleep

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Recent Examples on the Web In humans, sleep is punctuated by rapid eye movement (REM) sleep every 90 minutes. David Eagleman, Time, "Why Do We Dream? A New Theory on How It Protects Our Brains," 29 Dec. 2020 Sleeping longer also proportionally increases rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, which is when the most vivid and emotional dreams occur. Tore Nielsen, Scientific American, "The COVID-19 Pandemic Is Changing Our Dreams," 16 Sep. 2020 Kleitman and a graduate student, Eugene Aserinsky, first reported the discovery of rapid eye movement, or REM, during sleep. Richard Sandomir, BostonGlobe.com, "Dr. William Dement, leader in sleep disorder research, dies at 91," 27 June 2020 Vivid dreams happen during the rapid eye movement phase of our sleep cycles. Elizabeth Gulino, refinery29.com, "Dreaming Of Bugs? You’re Not Alone," 1 June 2020 Dreaming takes place in short bursts roughly every 90 minutes during R.E.M. sleep, a stage of rest characterized by rapid eye movements. Caity Weaver, New York Times, "Why Am I Having Weird Dreams Lately?," 13 Apr. 2020 Vivid dreams tend to happen during the rapid eye movement phase of sleep. Elizabeth Gulino, refinery29.com, "You Can Blame Coronavirus For Your Vivid Dreams," 9 Apr. 2020 Dreaming is a characterization of rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, as well as a faster pulse rate and breathing, which happens at intervals during the night. Claire Gillespie, Health.com, "Why Can't You Sleep During Quarantine? Here's How Coronavirus Anxiety is Leading to Insomnia," 23 Apr. 2020 Dreams tend to occur during the rapid eye movement, or REM, phase of sleep. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Insomnia and Vivid Dreams on the Rise with COVID-19 Anxiety," 23 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of rapid eye movement

1900, in the meaning defined above

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“Rapid eye movement.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rapid%20eye%20movement. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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rapid eye movement

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Medical Definition of rapid eye movement

: a rapid conjugate movement of the eyes associated especially with REM sleep

called also REM

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