Understanding Your Sleep

Sleep Architecture - The Shape of Your Night's Rest

Sleep can feel like a mostly blank canvas compared to your waking life. You may even have thought of sleep as lost time. The truth is quite the opposite. Sleep is an active, purposeful time for both your mind and body, essential to your health and survival, as well as to the quality of your waking life. Sleep has structure, and the stages of sleep serve specific and important purpose...

The Scary Truth about Sleep Deprivation

It's all too easy to avoid dealing with sleep problems. With busy, hectic lives, it's a common tendency to push sleep woes aside. The truth is, not getting enough sleep has serious consequences to health, happiness and safety. Alertness, memory, job performance and mood all depend on adequate sleep...

Understanding Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is one of a cluster of conditions known as sleep-disordered breathing. Sleep apnea occurs when a person's breathing is interrupted during sleep. Partial disruptions to breath are known as hypopneas, and full cessations of breathing are known as apneas. These breathing interruptions can be extremely brief or can last for several seconds...

REM Sleep and Our Dreaming Lives

REM sleep is distinct from sleep's other stages, and is sometimes referred to as paradoxical sleep. During phases of Non-REM sleep, brain activity slows and changes considerably from its waking state. In REM sleep, the brain becomes highly active. During phases of REM, the brain functions at levels similar to that of a waking brain...

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