Medical Definition of Slow-wave sleep

  • Medical Author:
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

Reviewed on 12/11/2018

Slow-wave sleep: Stage 3 and 4 non-rapid eye movement (non-REM) sleep.

Slow-wave sleep is characterized by brain wave patterns (electroencephalogram or EEG) with a frequency of less than 4 Hz and peak-to-peak amplitude of 75 microV.

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Reviewed on 12/11/2018