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 evidences this technique of visualizing different color words in sequence, to help you sleep?

What's this technique called? Any evidence? I'll make it easier. Visualize the word Red. In big red letters. Examine your creation but don't judge harshly. After a few seconds, switch to the word ...
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Effects of Red vs. Green ambient lighting on sleep

I would like to know if there has been study on the difference of effect of red vs green ambient light on human sleep. This is specifically in the interest of choosing between red or green alarm clock ...
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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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Is there research evidence to suggest that waking up slowly is more beneficial than waking up abruptly?

There are several articles I've found which seem to anecdotally back up the suggestion that waking up slowly is better than waking up abruptly, in terms of combatting sleep inertia: https://www....
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Is Melatonin necessary to sleep?

Consider a scenario where a person's melatonin secretion gets inhibited (and that person also don't get external melatonin); Will this person feel sleepiness and a desire to sleep? Or, since that ...
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Mean brainwave amplitude

When measuring nocturnal sleep for a person that has narcolepsy using an EEG a distinctive lack or reduction of slow wave sleep activity is indicated. Slow wave sleep brainwaves are the brainwaves ...
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Does sleep-talking typically happen during NREM or REM sleep?

I have observed some of my mother's sleep-talking and have even attempted to reply / speak to her during such episodes. In my experience, I have found sleep-talking to be a part of her dream. In some ...
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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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How effective is lying down with eyes closed as a substitute for sleep?

Resting, as opposed to sleeping, helps with physical recovery and relaxation, but much of the benefit of real sleep is mental. If I can't sleep, how much, if any, sleep-related benefit is gained by ...
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How does Free Running Sleep Disorder (FRSD) in humans get treated as of 2020s?

From reading accessible information about Free Running Sleep Disorder (FRSD) in humans, I understand it is a chronic and cyclic sleep disorder of a totally unentrained 24-hours circadian rhythm. ...
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Do lucid dream eyemasks work?

There seems to be a few eyemasks available that claim to help the wearer achieve lucid dreaming. For example: The NovaDreamer lucid dream mask works by detecting Rapid Eye Movement (REM) while ...
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What is the difference between Delayed Sleep Phase Disorder (DSPD) and Free Running Sleep Disorder (FRSD)?

I am trying to understand the essential difference between human Delayed Sleep Phase Disorder (DSPD) and human Free Running Sleep Disorder (FRSD) → it might be that this question itself, contains the ...
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Reason for experiencing electric current flowing through body during sleep from top to bottom [closed]

I know about sleep paralysis and there is several information about it, available over literature. Sleep paralysis is a temporary inability to move or speak that occurs when you're waking up or ...
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How does a nap affect nighttime sleep duration?

How does a nap of the kind that is often recommended – that is, early afternoon and no more than 30 minutes – affect nighttime sleep, especially the duration of nighttime sleep, but also its quality? ...
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Research shows that doing anything in bed other than sleeping can disrupt sleep. What if these other things are done on another bed?

I read this and some other articles stating that you should not do anything in bed except sleep. This includes studying, eating, and watching T.V, because your brain will have a difficult time ...
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Does our consciousness die when we go to sleep or fall into a coma?

I have sometimes wondered if our consciousness dies when we go to sleep at night or perhaps when we enter a deep coma, like from brain damage, for example. When we wake, or are woken, a new ...
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Is there any scientific data showing one can learn while sleeping?

Time is short in the days of learning for me but I like listening to lectures and case studies about code in my field. I've thought about getting a Bluetooth Sleep Headphone to possibly listen to ...
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Why people feel more sleepy while doing something that's not interesting even when they are not actually tired?

We often see people and students yawning while reading a boring course book. But, when told about something interesting, their sleepiness vanishes. Why and how does this happen? What are the exact ...
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Can meditation be associated to lucid dream?

The principal reason of this question is that I know people that can willingly enter in lucid dream (and so do what they want in it, and wake up when they want). Some of then use EEG (not ...
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Can lucid dreaming detract from the recuperative effect of REM sleep?

Imagine you mastered lucid dreaming, so you have a lucid dream every night. You might want to use this phase to do creative work or problem solving. Would this have a negative influence on the ...
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What thoughts should one contemplate to minimize sleep latency?

While trying to fall asleep on night, I was wondering what my strategy would be if I was challenged to a competition where the goal was to fall asleep as fast as possible once I was lying in bed. The ...
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Is there consciouness when a person is sleeping and not dreaming?

According to Consciouness Consciousness is the state or quality of awareness or of being aware of an external object or something within oneself. I suppose dreaming qualifies as "being aware ...
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Why didn't I wake up after dying in a dream? [closed]

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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How long do dreams last?

What is the relationship between time perceived in a dream and time in the external world? Is time running in dreams always faster than the time running in the real world? Is it ratio of real time ...
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How can someone asleep recognize a very brief sound?

I have a snoring girlfriend. To interrupt her snoring, I make a sound similar to the very brief sound gas makes when opening a soda can or bottle (had a snoring brother, I know this technique works ...
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While dreaming, are memories replayed faster or slower? [duplicate]

In Chapter 3 of his book Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams, Matthew Walker explains "time dilation in dreams": One last temporal distortion deserves mention here—that of time ...
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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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NREM sleep and REM sleep

Why is the first stage of sleep non-rapid eye movement (NREM) sleep, and why does rapid eye movement (REM) not happen during this first stage, although we remain partially awake?
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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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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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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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Is it true that drinking water before bed causes dreams to be more vivid?

Pavan Teja says on Psychtronics: Drink a lot of water. The more water you drink before bed, the more vivid your dreams. Is this true? Is this because I'm more alert not to, you know, and therefore ...
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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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Is there a way to hasten recovery from sleep inertia?

Sleep inertia is a transitional state of lowered arousal occurring immediately after awakening from sleep and producing a temporary decrement in subsequent performance. (1) There is study ...
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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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Is the brain more active when you do something in a dream or when awake?

If brain activity is measured using EEG, is the brain more active when asleep and dreaming of doing something or doing the same thing when awake? Of course, if you do exercise (eg. running) when ...
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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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How is fasting related to insomnia?

Yesterday I started a new diet using intermittent fasting. For this reason I only ate one meal all day. I was pretty surprised how well I passed that day: I studied a lot, did some sports and ...
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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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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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Is there difference between a memory of a dream and memory of waking experience?

I'm very interested in dreaming and have pretty good dream recall. This makes me able to recall and distinguish hundreds of experience within my memory and label them as "dreams". I'm trying to ...
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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 it possible to become addicted to sleep deprivation?

Background: After staying awake for an entire night without sleeping medication, some individuals report feeling tired while others report feeling euphoric and at some point begin to hallucinate with ...
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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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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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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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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 ...