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Questions tagged [sleep]

For questions pertaining to the physiology and pathophysiology of sleep in humans and animals (e.g., sleep stages and their EEG patterns, sleep disturbances), along with psychological effects of sleep deprivation or fatigue.

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What causes the lack of focus due to sleep deprivation? What are the outcomes of this?

When one is sleepy and one attempt's to work on something cognitively demanding, such as doing algebra in one's head, or trying to imagine a house's interior in detail, what causes the "resistance" to ...
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Can dreams predict the future? [duplicate]

On Quora there is a discussion that dreams can predict the future. I have experienced the feeling that things happening to me in real-life had occurred in my dreams, before these events actually ...
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How come sleeping during the day induces lucid dreaming and sleep paralysis later on at night? [closed]

I've noticed that when I sleep during the daytime (even if it's for as little as 5 minutes), later on that night I won't simply fall asleep normally. I'll begin to fall asleep aware of the entire ...
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Why might sleeping on the floor alleviate PTSD symptoms?

Question: Does sleeping on the floor have similar neurotransmitter effects, as sleeping under a weighted blanket might? Psychiatrically, would it be expected that a person having PTSD would find ...
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What would be areas of ethical or safety concerns with a smartphone app interacting with people sleeping?

The BBC News article Hi-tech dreamcatcher defeats sleep amnesia mentions a recent talk by Adam Haar Horowitz and then describes some limited tests of an apparatus called Dormio at the MIT media lab, ...
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Why didn't I wake up after dying in a dream?

So I found a lot of articles about the facts why death in dream wakes us up, like that our brain doesn't know what happens after death, or because of the adrenaline and so on... I had two dreams in my ...
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Are dreams actually linear? [duplicate]

It occurred to me today that we only really understand our dreams based on what we remember when we wake up. Most people usually remember their dreams as being somewhat linear, as if they were ...
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Why does daylight-saving have such a big impact on us and weekends don't?

Last weekend, at least in Germany, the clock got switched from 2:00 AM to 3:00 AM. Today I found a few articles, that suggest, that the daylight-saving has a big impact on people. Judges punish ...
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Why am I sometimes astonished when I doze [closed]

Why am I sometimes extremely astonished with no reason when I doze, especially I am really exhausted? When I am tired and doze, I am sometimes stunned so suddenly that my whole body shakes and ...
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Difference between drowsiness/sedation and sleepiness

I have been trying to understand the difference between drowsiness/sedation and sleepiness. The only article I was able to find that partly answers my question is "The difference between sedation and ...
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Is there a known mechanism by which people fall asleep less easy after watching TV?

It's my experience that people (I am one of them) tend to fall asleep while watching television. Afterwards, when lying in bed, sleep doesn't come as easy as when they were watching television. Is ...
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Does dreaming cuts our sleeping hours?

If I am dreaming a lot at night, how many effective hours am I sleeping at night? After dreaming heavily at night, when I wake up in the morning I feel sluggish as if I haven't slept properly. Does ...
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Are there any long term cognitive impairments from prolonged period reduced sleep? [closed]

What are the consequences of chronic lack of sleep? For example, insomniacs are known to sleep less than normal sleeping individuals. I am wondering if there are any long term cognitive impairments ...
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What is the cause of frequent nightmares?

Is there a reason why people dream of demons, ghosts, and other scary creatures? More specifically: What factors cause frequent nightmares to occur?
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Sleep vs. Trance

I've been recently reading about hypnosis and I'm asking this question because I've had certain personal experiences that makes me confuse the term Trance with just simple sleep. I'm not a fan of ...
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Can we interconnect with other people mentally during dreaming? [closed]

In some of my dreams, I have seen people that I know, and I ask them about it the day after and they say that they saw me too. My older sister said that she had exactly the same dream as one of her ...
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Does night-sleep-deprivation have any effect on cognitive performance?

Sleeping during the day might lead e.g. to vitamin D deficiency. But I am interested in what effects might night-sleep-deprivation have on cognitive faculties. Does sleeping during the day and ...
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Can you Counteract the Negative Effects of Sleep Deprivation?

There are many studies accounting the negative effects of sleep deprivation which all seem to detail the deficiency of time for your body to "reset" and how this leave it in a depleted state. If you: ...
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Is our sense of smell heightened when we are asleep?

My question is whether our sense of smell is stronger when we sleep? From an evolutionary perspective this could have been beneficial in terms of runaway camp fires, marauding saber tooth tigers or ...
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Understanding Melatonin

Is my understanding roughly correct? Melatonin is 'generated' in the absence of specific wavelengths of light. It accumulates and is only reduced by sleep, in particular REM sleep. Melatonin and ...
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For an average adult, in general, if one knows they will wake up in the middle of a cycle--is it better to go to bed later?

Let us say that one consistently goes to sleep at the same time every day, and sets an alarm for the same duration of sleep 7 hours and 45 minutes (e.g., 10:45pm to 6:30am). One day, they get caught ...
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Can time be slowed in a lucid dream?

Lucid dreams allow a person to be conscious while dreaming. It has been reported that it's possible to control various aspects of the dream environment that are not possible during wakefulness, e.g. ...
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What is the effect of Daylight Saving Time on attentiveness and productivity?

This weekend the clocks were set an our later (in some countries), such that the daylight lasts an hour longer in the evening. This has several reasons, among which a reduction in energy consumption ...
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Extreme feelings of bliss during Stage 1 sleep? [closed]

Have any studies been done to examine if some people release extra amounts of oxytocin or some other "bliss hormone" during Stage 1 sleep? I have had several clients tell me that the act of falling ...
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Do neurons fire at a faster rate during dreaming?

When I dream it seems that the (subjective) time is slower than the objectively passed time as seen on my clock radio. Is this because neurones fire collectively at a faster rate, so you can "put an ...
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Sleep is God, Go Worship! How? [closed]

Jim Butcher once said that Sleep is God, Go Worship However, Benjamin Franklin once said that there is plenty of time to sleep when you are dead Thomas Edison echoed this when he stated ...
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Death from sleep deprivation, what physical mechanism is failing that makes one not to be alive anymore?

I have been reading on wiki about sleep deprivation it would appear that one can die without sleep... I have heard that it was used as torture method by quite a few agencies, but didn't know that one ...
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What factors determine a healthy individual's required amount of sleep?

I suppose that it is well-known that different people need different amounts of sleep. I read somewhere that most people need something between 7 and 8 hours each day, though some people need only 6 ...
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Is there any evidence that better sleep reduces the symptoms of chronic severe Fibromyalgia?

Is there any evidence that better sleep reduces the symptoms of chronic severe Fibromyalgia? Severe fibromyalgia has been linked to the possible depletion of serotonin through prolonged and ...
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How many times on average do people wake up per night?

It would be best if the answer could be broken down by age and sex, and even by other variables (alcohol-drinker vs teetotaller, etc). If there's a difference between self-report data and data from ...
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Is there a relationship between the amount of time spent awake/asleep, and interstitial waste removal in the brain?

With regard to the glymphatic system, is here a relationship between: The amount of time spent awake and the amount of interstitial waste accumulated in the brain? The amount of time spent asleep and ...
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Do we have technology to ethically measure the changes of interstitial space in sleeping humans?

Lulu Xie et al write in their paper Sleep Drives Metabolite Clearance from the Adult Brain: Using real-time assessments of tetramethylammonium diffusion and two-photon imaging in live mice, we show ...
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Is it counter-productive to study while tired?

I've noticed I retain a much smaller fraction of the information I consume when I'm tired compared to when I'm well slept. Not only that, but I typically have to revisit the same material more times ...
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Is mindfulness meditation an effective method to fall asleep?

It's my understanding that brain activity in the prefrontal cortex is suppressed during sleep and that mindfulness stimulates activity in that region. Based on this, it seems counterintuitive to think ...
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Effects of caffeine on fatigue [closed]

Obviously caffeine is a stimulant, and wakes us up. Is there any research into how it affects fatigue: e.g. how different it is to rest (i.e. I'm not asking about the pathways by which caffeine ...
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Is this expected to happen while asleep?

I always knew that, while asleep, stuff like processing words and/or reading texts could not be done by the brain. I'm not even a student in the area, so by knew you could understand as vulgar ...
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why we forget dreams when we wake up? [duplicate]

What is the explanation for which we forget easily our dreams when we wake up?. It has a biological sense, such as to avoid to confuse reality world experiences with dream world experiences? or there ...
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Third time's the Charm: any research into how we learn from error?

I have often told people that I make a mistake two different ways before I really understand a situation. Is there any research that explains how and why this works? As an analogy, there is something ...
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Relation between Sleeping pattern and attention for ADHD people

Question 1: Does sleeping at different times daily affect the attention for ADHD and Non ADHD ? For example let us consider the below scenario, Day 1 : Sleep time is 1:00 AM Day 2 : Sleep time is 2:...
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Why do Spiritual people try to sleep less?

In Monasteries and other spiritual contexts, there seems to be a "rule" that sleep is wasted time, and so the usual daily schedule only allows for about 4-5 hours of sleep. This might be enough for an ...
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Can adults adapt to less sleep?

I am asking whether adults, especially in circumstances like a monastery or Zen center, can become able long-term to sleep only about 4 to 5 hours a night? So, that would mean: no children to care for,...
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Do we have an “internal timer” when taking naps?

I´m doing some research and can´t find what control some reactions during naps. For example, after 1 year taking the same bus way home, my brain mastered the timing of napping. Wherever i get on, i ...
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Why do we wake up when we die in our dreams?

A lot of people had some experience with dying in their dreams. They all confirm they remember the whole story until the precise moment of death and it is the death itself what woke them up - not ...
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Best ways to remember dreams [duplicate]

What are the best techniques to recall dreams? I am especially interested in scientific research that would prove their effectiveness
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Why do we talk unconsciously while sleeping

Somniloquy is very fascinating. It is unclear what are the causes, but most of the time it is not seen as a medical condition. "Sleep talking usually occurs by itself and is most often harmless. ...
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Adaptation to Discrete Perturbation in Sleep?

Generally, are there and how long do lingering affects of polar sleep patterns affect someone? For example, assume someone slept for 2 hours one day and then slept for 14 hours the next. Their 2 day ...
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How are real life events translated into dream symbolism?

I'm interested in how significant events from daily life get encoded or translated into dream content. A personal observation can help clarify my question: I've observed that for me, "significant, ...
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Why do we always wake up at the climax of our dreams, even when it is an alarm that wakes us?

I know that it probably has something to do with the fact that our dreams didn't really end at the same time our alarm clock rang, our brains just make us think so for some reason.
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If you sleep during the day, do you need less sleep at night?

If, say, you sleep 2-3 hours during the day (in the afternoon) - Do you need less sleep at night? After all, subjects feel less tired in the evening after sleeping during day. Can sleep hours be ...
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How to compare cumulative sleep debts? [duplicate]

Let's say that after a period of sleeping perfectly, I sleep for the following amount of hours on some consecutive days. (Let's say the optimal hours I sleep is 8 hours. For the sake of simplicity, ...