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Total Sleep Deprivation Apparatus


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  • Can be used for 4 rat at the same time
  • All automated
  • Accurated and easy to use





BOX number


Speed of movement


Minimum Speed

30 cm/min

Dimension of plexiglass water tank

120X 30 X 50 cm

Dimension of each Box

30X 30X 50 cm

Ability to set the rest time


Adjustable oritentation for bases


Set the Water temperature

From ambient temperature to 37 c

Accurately adjusting the temperature

0.1 centigrade

Thickness of foam of each base

3 mm

Diameter of each base





The apparatus comprised a Plexiglas water-tank (120 cm × 30 cm × 50 cm), divided into four equal boxes (30 cm × 30 cm × 50 cm), containing temperature-regulated water at 30° C. To maintain social stability, four rats were simultaneously submitted to the tank (one rat in each box). Two small square platforms (15 cm in diameter, with 3mm high edges), were closely adjusted side by side. There were some holes in the surface of each platform (3 mm in diameters) to facilitate water evacuation during upward movements, and to help the rats avoid slipping or getting their paws wet. The platforms moved independently with an automatically-set plan. Initially, both platforms slightly emerged from the water level. Then, each platform alternatively moved below and above the surface of the water, forcing the animal to continuously move from one platform to another to avoid water contact. The speed of movement was 1.5 cm/s. Each platform motion cycle required 20 seconds. During this period, each platform remained stable over the surface of the water (at 12.5 cm) for 20 sec at the highest position (holding time). All rats had free access to clean water bottles and food pellet baskets which were placed on the top of the box. The platform went down and immediately reverted until reaching the initial position. One day before the induction of different protocols for sleep deprivation, rats were allowed 30 min to become familiar with the water box. As such, they learned to stay at the junction of both platforms, allowing them to escape from the sinking platform and avoid contact with water.


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