Latest Rapid eye movement sleep Stories

2009-04-16 07:19:16

Sleep is such an essential part of human existence that we spend about a third of our lives doing it -- some more successfully than others. Sleep disorders afflict some 50-70 million people in the United States and are a major cause of disease and injury.

2009-04-15 09:03:02

German scientists say they've discovered very immature sheep fetuses can enter a dreaming sleep-like state weeks before rapid eye movements develop. The Friedrich Schiller University researchers in Jena, Germany, led by mathematician Karin Schwab noted that after about seven months growing in the womb, a human fetus spends most of its time asleep.

2009-04-14 08:16:40

After about seven months growing in the womb, a human fetus spends most of its time asleep. Its brain cycles back and forth between the frenzied activity of rapid eye movement (REM) sleep and the quiet resting state of non-REM sleep. But whether the brains of younger, immature fetuses cycle with sleep or are simply inactive has remained a mystery, until now.

2009-03-11 09:15:00

A study reviewing the unique sleeping habits of walruses indicates that the mammals are peculiar and unusual nappers, as they can doze off anywhere, but also may shatter the world's record for constantly staying awake.

2009-02-26 08:58:42

Research on the sleeping brain has revealed some fascinating stage-dependent interactions between areas involved in formation and storage of long term memories.

2009-01-29 14:28:30

Falling asleep involuntarily during the day poses a very real and dangerous problem, Canadian researchers said.

2009-01-05 08:38:15

An unusual sleep disorder could be a precursor to dementia or Parkinson’s disease.

2008-11-25 10:50:00

Just in time for Thanksgiving, some new medical advice many people will be happy to hear: Take a nice, long, turkey induced nap.

2008-09-21 21:00:10

By Rajen M. YOU need sleep like you need food, water and air. It is as natural as that. Yet, we humans willfully withhold sleep and deprive our bodies of its natural mechanism for rest and restoration. Sometimes too much stress and lack of exercise can also cause sleep disturbance.

2008-08-02 18:05:00

Scientists from the National Center on Sleep Disorders Research reported Friday that people with severe sleep apnea, also known as sleep-disordered breathing, are many times more likely to die from any cause than those without the condition.

Word of the Day
  • A pivoted catch designed to fall into a notch on a ratchet wheel so as to allow movement in only one direction (e.g. on a windlass or in a clock mechanism), or alternatively to move the wheel in one direction.
The word 'pawl' probably comes from a Latin word meaning 'stake'.