Sleep, Inactivity and Circadian Rhythms in Fish

  • Stéphan Reebs
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSA, volume 236)


Sleep is a behaviour pattern that can be observed in most animals, yet its adaptive significance is still a matter of debate. One view, developed and championed by Meddis (1975, 1977), is that sleep acts as an immobiliser. By forcing an animal to find a safe shelter and remain immobile in it during an ecologically unprofitable part of the solar day, sleep renders the animal less vulnerable to predators. Moreover, by making it less sensitive to external stimuli, sleep allows the animal to conserve energy.


Circadian Rhythm Circadian Clock Kelp Forest Bluegill Sunfish Brown Bullhead 
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  • Stéphan Reebs
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  1. 1.Département de BiologieUniversité de MonctonMonctonCanada

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