Magazine article Work & Family Life

Does Dreaming Interfere with Sleep?

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Does Dreaming Interfere with Sleep?

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On the contrary. Dreaming is a key element in sound sleep and vivid dreaming occurs during the rapid-eye-movement (REM) phase of restful sleep. Here are a few more frequently asked questions and answers about sleep.

How much sleep is enough? Researchers are unable to explain why some adults feel fine after six or seven hours of sleep while others need eight or more. As a rule, we should all get more than six hours of uninterrupted sleep. Chronic insomnia as well as the need to sleep a lot can be signs of underlying health problems.

Is it true that older people need less sleep? Researchers say no. Older people need as much sleep as ever, but they tend to sleep less soundly and in fragments. This can become chronic insomnia that increases one's risk of muddy thinking and physical mishaps.

Why not just take a pill? Over-the-counter antihistamines will make you drowsy, but their effect wears off over time. …

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