REM Sleep

REM Sleep

Last month we looked at the importance and interesting qualities of Stages 3 and 4 of sleep. Now we’ll be talking about the most exciting part of the sleep cycle, rapid eye movement, or REM, sleep. Sleep is often described as either REM or NREM (non-REM) sleep; yet,...
Animals and Sleep

Animals and Sleep

Humans aren’t the only ones who need sleep. “Every animal, without exception, exhibits at least a primitive form of sleep” (Finkel, 56). Dolphins, for example, sleep using only half their brain at a time. By having one hemisphere of their brain active while the other...
Combating Insomnia

Combating Insomnia

Insomnia is no fun. To help combat insomnia, which is a difficulty in falling asleep or staying asleep, here are a few tips to help you fall asleep consistently!  Reduce, limit, or eliminate… Reduce stress with relaxation techniques before bed. Deep breathing,...
Stages One and Two of Sleep

Stages One and Two of Sleep

Society seems to frown on sleep as people fight against the signs of a failing internal balance. Yawns are treated with caffeine in coffee, and insomnia is silenced with pills. What exactly should a good night’s sleep do for you? The first stage of sleep is known as...
The World of Sleep

The World of Sleep

“’It seems as if we are now living in a worldwide test of the negative consequences of sleep deprivation,’ says Robert Stickgold, director of the Center for Sleep and Cognition at Harvard Medical School” (Finkel 47). Sleep does more than you may think. Besides being...