Rethinking Sleep

Doctors who peddle sleep aid products and call for more sleep may unintentionally reinforce the idea that there is something wrong or off-kilter about interrupted sleep cycles.

Rapid eye movement sleep so named because researchers who discovered this sleep stage were astonished to see the fluttering eyelids of sleeping subjects is the only phase of sleep during which the brain is as active as it is when we are fully conscious, and seems to offer our brains the best chance to come up with new ideas and hone recently acquired skills.

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