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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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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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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Does dream recall interfere with “reverse learning”? (Crick and Mitchison's theory of REM sleep)

I've recently became aware of the idea of "reverse learning" that might happen during REM sleep - the brain's attempt to eliminate pathological attractors that might appear in neural networks. The ...
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Do animals that sleep during the day have a different sleep architecture than those who sleep at night?

A typical hypnogram, delineating the sleep architecture for a (human) mammal looks like A distinct distribution of non-REM and REM sleep can be observed. Is this pattern of sleep cycles ...
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Are there any studies that suggest an evolutionary advantage of dreaming?

I've read the answers to this question. But I'd like to ask if, besides those suggested hypothesis, has anyone ever suggested that the advantage of sleeping could be to allow a profound state of rest ...
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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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Adaptation to Discrete Perturbation in Sleep?

Generally, are there and how long do lingering affects of polar sleep patterns affect someone? For example, assume someone slept for 2 hours one day and then slept for 14 hours the next. Their 2 day ...
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Can split-brain patients sleep like whales?

Regular split-brain patients still have some remaining connection between the hemispheres, but would it be possible for their hemispheres to fall asleep independent of the other? What about when not ...
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What is the effect of routine versus demand driven sleeping of babies on long term sleep habits?

Comparing two methods of child raising: Routines: When babies are raised in a framework of a timetable; duration of feeding and nap times are scheduled. Demands: Where babies are demand fed, they ...
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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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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 ...
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How does the body experience free-fall during a hypnic jerk

Today I learned that a sudden jerk that you sometimes experience when you are just about to fall asleep due to a sense of free-fall or weightlessness is called a hypnic jerk. If, while sleeping, I ...
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When falling asleep does one always start with NREM1?

After my admittedly short research I could not find information which states that if a person is disturbed while their sleeping, let's say in NREM3 phase of their sleep cycle, and wakes up and then ...
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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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Third time's the Charm: any research into how we learn from error?

I have often told people that I make a mistake two different ways before I really understand a situation. Is there any research that explains how and why this works? As an analogy, there is something ...
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Is brain more active when you do something in dream or wake up?

If brain activity is measured using EEG, is the brain more active when sleeping and dreaming of doing something or doing the same thing when wake up? Of course, if you do exercise (eg. running) when ...
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I find things funnier when tired - is this a scientific phenomenon?

I find, consistently, that I'm far more susceptible to humor late at night when I'm tired. The more tired I get, the more often and more deeply I find myself laughing at humor I see in videos and TV. ...
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Relation between Sleeping pattern and attention for ADHD people

Question 1: Does sleeping at different times daily affect the attention for ADHD and Non ADHD ? For example let us consider the below scenario, Day 1 : Sleep time is 1:00 AM Day 2 : Sleep time is 2:...
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Do we have an “internal timer” when taking naps?

I´m doing some research and can´t find what control some reactions during naps. For example, after 1 year taking the same bus way home, my brain mastered the timing of napping. Wherever i get on, i ...
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Does sleeping reduce stress?

There seem to be all kinds of relations between sleep and stress, e.g. being stressed reduces your ability to sleep well, but what I cannot find any research on is the simple question of wether or not ...
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How do afternoon naps fit in with segmented sleep?

Both segmented sleep and afternoon naps are recommended over a monophasic eight-hour block of sleep, but I don't see how they fit in with each other. Segmented sleep is the theory/hypothesis that ...
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Effect of mid-day sleep on mood and performance

Is there any clearly identifiable reason explaining why sleeping during the day (for longer than 30 minutes) could produce lowered mood, difficulty in concentrating, overall decreased cognitive ...