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    Part 1: Sleep Basics - Why Do We Need sleep?

    Until the middle of the 20th century, people generally thought of sleep as a passive activity in their lives. Since then, we have been much enlightened in this all-too-critical area. For instance, we now realize that our brains are highly active while we sleep. As well,...

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    Part 2: How Much Sleep is Enough Sleep?

    The amount of sleep each individual needs each day depends on many things. Infants require about 16 hours of sleep each day, while teenagers need about 9 hours. For most adults, 7 to 8 hours a night seems to be the best amount of sleep, although some adults may need as...

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    Part 3: What are the Benefits of Sleep?

    Part 1: Benefits of Sleep Even though scientists are still trying to understand exactly why we need to sleep, previously conducted animal studies already show that sleep is obviously a necessary element required for our survival. To what degree is our sleep health affe...

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    Part 4: Importance of REM Stage Sleep and Dreaming

    Part 4: Importance of REM Stage Sleep and Dreaming We usually spend over 2 hours every night dreaming. Scientists don’t know very much about why or how we dream, though. The famous psychologist Sigmund Freud, who had great influence on the study of dreaming from...

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    Part 5: What are Circadian Rhythms

    Part 1: What are Circadian Rhythms ‘Circadian rhythms’ is a Latin term, meaning “around a day” – and is a modern medical term which describes the regular changes to our bodies that occur within our mental and physical characteristics durin...

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    Part 6: Disease Associated with Sleep

    Part 6: Disease Associated with Sleep To highlight the importance of sleep in your overall health, it is clear that sleep-related issues directly influence or even cause a large number of disorders, and affect almost every area of medicine. For instance, strokes and as...

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    Part 7: Sleep Disorders

    Part 1: Sleep Disorders Just how prevalent are sleep related disorders in American society today? Experts say that over 40 million Americans currently suffer from chronic, long-term sleep disorders, and another 20 million Americans go through occasional sleeping issues...

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