Can people dream under anaesthetic?

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Can people dream under anaesthetic?
« on: 23/02/2016 16:19:36 »
Nur asked the Naked Scientists:







   Can people dream under anesthetics?







What do you think?
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Re: Can people dream under anaesthetic?
« Reply #1 on: 22/02/2016 23:53:20 »
Hallucinate maybe... but not dream. For example, administer enough ketamine and the patient will experience post-op dysphoria and hallucinations in no time.

In order to dream, we need the assistance of REM sleep. General anesthesia leads to activation of the ventrolateral preoptic nucleus, which induces a non-REM state during anesthetic-induced unconsciousness.
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