Entering the Dream Zone
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Written by Edie Weinstein-Moser   

 
Did you know that by age 60 you will sleep 175,200 hours, dream 87,000 hours with 197,100 dreams?

Here’s how sleep works:

 “When we sleep, we go through five sleep stages. The first stage is a very light sleep from which it is easy to wake up. The second stage moves into a slightly deeper sleep, and stages three and four represent our deepest sleep.
Our brain activity throughout these stages is gradually slowing down so that by deep sleep, we experience nothing but delta brain waves -- the slowest brain wave. About 90 minutes after we go to sleep, after the fourth stage, we begin REM sleep, where dreams happen. While theories vary on what REM sleep is for, all agree that it’s a vital part of being a well-functioning, healthy human.

Why do we dream?

Physiological theories suggest dreaming enhances and integrates our learning, by giving a range of neural connections a workout.

Quotation Physiological theories suggest dreaming enhances and integrates our learning, by giving a range of neural connections a workout. Quotation
Psychological theories say we dream to sort through events and problems we’ve just encountered, or ongoing things that need a lot of our attention. Some theorists say dreams might be prophetic. And many of these researchers and scientists believe that dreaming could be a combination of these elements.

As you step forward into the Dream Zone, you will learn more about sleep, dreaming and meditation, with articles about natural sleep aids, the beauty of meditation, ways of experiencing deeper sleep and technological advances with brain machines.  We’ll also explore meditation, deep relaxation and altered states of consciousness.

Sweet dreams....


Edie Weinstein-Moser
About the author:

Edie Weinstein-Moser, LSW is a social worker, interfaith minister, writer, speaker and clown, who finds that the peace she discovers on the yoga mat follows her off the mat. She can be reached via her website at www.liveinjoy.com or 215-249-9190.

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