The Beauty of Sleep

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Sleep has two basic stages. There is non-REM, and REM sleep: Non-REM stands for non-rapid eye movement. NREM sleep has four stages. Each stage can last from five minutes to fifteen minutes. Stage one consists of alpha waves. Alpha waves are the normal electrical activity when the brain is unconscious or relaxed. In stage one, a person can be woken easily, and if they do get woken up, it would make the person feel as if they hadn’t slept. Also in this stage, you often get a falling sensation and suddenly jerk awake, this is caused by a sudden muscle contraction. This muscle contraction is called the “Hypnagogic Jerk.” This is one of two sleep paralysis. In stage two, your muscles continuously relax and then tense up. Your heart rate slows down, and the temperature of the body also decreases.This stage prepares you for the deep sleep stage. Stage three and four are almost the same exact thing, except that in stage four, there are more delta waves. (Delta waves are deep sleep waves, that show electrical activity in the brain.) These two stages are both deep sleep stages, and if you are awaken during these stages, you could feel disoriented. After the cycle completes, it goes into REM, after REM is over it cycles back around. In non-REM sleep, the body regenerates itself, and the immune system will build and strengthen. (Kimball Johnson, 2014) REM stands for “Rapid Eye Movement”. This stage will begin approximately ninety minutes after you fall asleep. REM sleep starts out lasting about ten minutes, after a few cycles it builds up to last around an hour! During this stage, the heart rate will rise, and your breathing method will become intense. Also, your eyes move very fast in different directions. During REM you have very vivid d... ... middle of paper ... ... accidents have been reported due to drowsiness, and there has been approximately 1,500 deaths, and 71,000 injuries. Sleep is an important factor in your daily routine, and you should make sure that you are getting the appropriate amount of sleep you need. By doing this, you could save your life, and many others. (National Sleep Foundation, 2014) Sleeping is a very important aspect in your life. In fact, by the time the average person reaches the age of seventy-five, they have slept twenty-five years of their life, and they dream approximately six years of it!(Jason Stahl, July 1, 2006) Sleeping is necessary because it helps you process through your everyday life. You also need sleep to keep from getting depressed, gaining weight, being sleep deprived, and many other things. Sleeping is crucial to your body and life, and that’s why you spend so much time sleeping.
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