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    REM Sleep Behavior Disorder

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    Our awareness of the complexity of sleep expanded in 1953 with the discovery of rapid-eye-movement (REM) sleep by Aserinsky and Kleitman. Sleep was no longer considered a homogenous state, but rather a dynamic process of cycling between two distinct states, non-REM and REM sleep. Under normal circumstances the boundaries between non-REM, REM and wakefulness are well declared. Dissociative sleep disorders involve a breakdown of these boundaries (Mahowald and Schenck 1992), and provide a unique window

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    Sleep, Dreams and REM Sleep Behavior Disorder

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    Sleep, Dreams and REM Sleep Behavior Disorder The discovery of rapid eye movement (REM) sleep suggested that sleep was not, as it was thought to be, a dormant state but rather a mentally dynamic one. Your brain is, in fact, very active in this state, almost to the level at which it is when a person is awake. Yet during this active stage in which most dreams occur, the movements of the rest of the body are completely stilled. To imagine this paralysis during dreams not occurring is a frightful

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    The REM Sleep Behavior Disorder The REM Sleep Behavior Disorder (RBD) is characterized clinically by a history of changes in the nature of the patients' dreams (they are more action-packed) and motor behavior (its is more action packed) during REM sleep that correlate with the simultaneously occurring dream-mentation. The polysomnographic (PSG) findings consist of the intermittent appearance of markedly increased tonic and phasic EMG activity during REM sleep Clinically, RBD usually responds

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    Rapid eye movement (REM) sleep behavior disorder (RBD) is a disorder that is characterized by failure to exhibit muscle paralysis or atonia during REM sleep. Along with lack of muscle atonia, patients with RBD display behaviors of “acting out” their dreams, which can be harmful to themselves or others around them (Gagnon, Postuma, Mazza & Montplaisir, 2006, p. 425). It has been reported that the dreams are usually very vivid nightmares or close to them and are usually violent, which are expressed

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    The Effects of a Lack of Sleep

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    Effects of a lack of sleep, known as insomnia, is the most common classification of sleep disorders. It was estimated that thirty to forty million Americans have difficulty staying asleep, falling asleep or waking earlier than they would like to, and cannot get back to sleep. Most people settle that this is just a part of life, and the poor quality of sleep proceeds to eat away at the quality of life that could be attained. This seems to be a silent menace that people do not seem to take seriously

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    Sleep Too Much?

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    Sleep Too Much? As college students, we often complain that we have not gotten enough sleep on any given night. We drink copious amounts of caffeine in order to stay awake and finish that paper. Many times, we compensate for a lack of sleep at night by taking naps after (and sometimes during) our classes. This behavior might be recognized as "normal" by many teenagers and young people. However, many college-aged people suffer from sleep disorders. The most commonly recognized among these is insomnia

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    worrying serves as consequences of sleep disturbance. According to Medscape, Primary insomnia is sleeplessness that is not attributable to a medical, psychiatric, or environmental cause. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorder, Fourth Edition, Text Revision (DSM-IV-TR) set forth five diagnostic criteria for primary insomnia. The main symptom according to the DSM-IV-TR is difficulty initiating or maintaining sleep, or suffering from non restorative sleep, for at least one month. About

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    Sleep disorders can be broadly defined as an alteration in a person’s sleep cycle. Sleep disorders, being so broad can encompass several common sleep disturbances that humans deal with. Among these disturbances are, including but not limited to; Nightmares, sleepwalking, insomnia, sleep apnea, and narcolepsy. Depending on the severity of, and type of sleep disorder a person has, it can cause significant harm to the amount of sleep they get, only exacerbating the problem. More generally than

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    Sleep Disorders Millions of people around the world suffer from a sleep disorder. Sleeping disorders affect over seventy-five percent of people in America. Sleep disorders can cause severe health problems in any person. Sleep is very important when trying to have good health, but sleep disorders cause many people to not get a sufficient amount of sleep. There are many types of sleep disorders such as, sleep apnea, narcolepsy, insomnia, nightmares, and night terrors. Sleep disorders can cause people

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    Sleep is a beautiful thing. It’s a seemingly magical process in which all of the humans on Earth take part in every single day that also leaves one feeling physically and mentally refreshed. However, people tend to underestimate just how crucial sleep is to successfully accomplish an endeavor or act out a busy life. Most Americans lead hectic and overbooked lives which leave them far too little time to sleep. Sleep is critically important to life because it has a bountiful amount of benefits and

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