Sleep is a naturally occurring state of the body and mind, which is characterized by reduced muscle activity and inhibited sensory activity.
Everyone sleeps and to understand how important it is here are some common myths debunked by Dr Ravi Aysola – a Professor of Clinical Sleep Medicine at UCLA.
Insomnia Is All In Your Head:
It’s a Myth. Insomnia is when people are facing difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep or waking up before they intend to. Sleep Disorders and mood disorders are Interconnected, difficulty in coping with our feelings and emotions can lead to sleep disorders and vice versa. If we’re not sleeping well, we might have a tough time regulating our emotions.
Our Limbs Are Paralyzed During REM (Rapid Eye Movement) Sleep:It’s TRUE! REM sleep is about 20% of the total time we sleep. It’s a unique neurological and physiologic state. Our eyes move rapidly during this time while the rest of our body’s muscles are almost in a paralyzed state except for our breathing and eye muscles. It’s the time we tend to Dream, during Rem sleep our brain is especially very active. There’s a circuitry within the brain that inhibits our skeletal muscles, this is so we don’t act out what we’re dreaming about and end up hurting ourselves.
We Only Sleep with Our Eyes Shut:
It’s a Myth. Humans do experience regional sleep, this may be when our eyes are open but because parts of our brain are not fully awake, it may not register what’s happening around us especially the time when we are sleep deprived. Microsleep is when we sleep for a very brief period while the brain is not fully aware of it. It can also happen due to eye problems or medical issues which affect the eye.