Sleep induced by intestinal stimulation in cats

Tibor Kukorelli, Gábor Juhász

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The influence of afferent impulses of intestinal origin on the sleep stages was studies in fed and starved cats. Low-frequency electrical stimulation of the mucosal surface in a small intestinal fistula reduced the latency of sleep onset. The number of slow wave sleep episodes decreased, but their mean duration increased during stimulation. Conversely, the number of paradoxical sleep episodes increased, but their mean duration was not significantly modified by the intestinal stimulation. The role of viscerosensory events in the control of sleep is discussed in relationship to these results.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)355-358
Number of pages4
JournalPhysiology and Behavior
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1977



  • EEG
  • Intestinal stimulation
  • Low frequency
  • Paradoxical sleep
  • Sleep duration
  • Sleep induction
  • Sleep-wakefulness cycle
  • Slow wave sleep
  • Starvation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience

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