The Importance of REM Sleep Essay

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An average person requires at least one hour of sleep for every two hours spent awake. Sleep affects day-to-day life; a person lacking sleep is affected negatively with changes in behavior and physical symptoms. There are many disorders that can alter a person’s sleep pattern; what are they and how can they be treated to ensure safe a balanced sleep? What should be avoided in order to be able to sleep without interruption? Finally, what can be done to make sure REM sleep is achieved. REM (rapid eye movement) sleep is important and must be achieved so that our mind and body aren’t affected. It is important to keep it balanced so that our perspective and participation of daily activities, such as studies and sports, doesn’t shift. The first …show more content…
Reasons why we sleep include different theories such as: the inactive theory, the energy conservation theory, the restorative theory and the brain plasticity theory. The inactive theory is that animals used it to keep out of harm and hide from predators by staying still and quiet. The energy conservation theory suggests that the reduction of one’s energy demand is why we sleep. “Research has shown that energy metabolism is significantly reduced during sleep (by as much as 10 percent in humans and even more in other species)” (). The restorative theory, according to Harvard, is that the body repairs and rejuvenates itself during sleep like “muscle growth, tissue repair, protein synthesis, and growth release…”(). Finally the brain plasticity theory is that sleep plays an important role in the brain development in infants and children. These theories attempt to explain why we sleep and are trying to be proven by research. These theories also defend why sleep is important for humans. If a person’s sleep is unbalanced, they will have to endure the mental and physical consequences that follow. Sleeping lets the mind and body rest to prepare for the next day. It’s a break from all the mental and physical work done during the day. The break needs to be a certain amount of time in order for the individual to be fully energized for the following day. If a person were to stay up later than they should, they would lack the amount of sleep and there would be consequences

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