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Definition of Slow-Wave Sleep

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Updated November 06, 2013

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Definition of Slow-Wave Sleep
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Definition:

State of sleep from which it is difficult to awaken. It is represented by slower brain waves called delta activity on EEG. It is a type of NREM sleep and is called stage 3 on sleep studies. During this stage of sleep, growth hormone is characteristically released in children. It is also associated with parasomnia behaviors, including sleepwalking and sleep terrors.

Also Known As: Delta Sleep, Deep Sleep
Examples:
When my son is in slow-wave sleep, he is nearly impossible to awaken.
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