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def: "Any process in which an organism enters and maintains a periodic, readily reversible state of reduced awareness and metabolic activity. Usually accompanied by physical relaxation, the onset of sleep in humans and other mammals is marked by a change in the electrical activity of the brain." [ISBN:0192800981]
synonym: "diapause" RELATED 
synonym: "dormancy" RELATED 
synonym: "lethargus" RELATED 
is_a: GO:0032501 ! multicellular organismal process
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