The Science of Sleep and Dream Recall

Science of Sleep, Stages, REM, Dreaming, and Dream Recall

Dayna Dye

“To sleep, perchance to dream.” Or perchance not?

Although Hamlet was contemplating the “sleep” of death, sleep and its accompanying dream states remain another subject shrouded in mystery.

Think you don’t dream?

It is currently believed that everyone dreams. Except, perhaps those who are under the influence of legal or illegal drugs, or who have specific brain injuries.1 But not everyone recalls this enigmatic phenomenon, which is a nightly source of pleasure, anxiety, inspiration and self-understanding for those of us who do.

Stages of Sleep

People cycle through the four stages of sleep several times during the night. Stage 1 …read more

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