Wednesday, June 06, 2012
By Dr. Matthew Edlund for Oral Care And Health Daily
Have you seen the movie Inception? I thought it was cool because it got people to talk about one of my favourite subjects: dreaming. The average person spends six years in dreamland. And besides giving you some good fantasies and conversation topics, dreams have another extremely important purpose: improving brain health by helping the brain consolidate memories.
When you dream, which usually takes place during a phase of sleep called REM (rapid eye movement), the brain gets a chance to go over what happened during the day and make connections to previous activities. I like to think of it as brain rewiring. We usually go in and out of REM sleep for approximately 90-minute cycles, with the amount of time we spend in REM increasing through the night. The last REM period lasts about an hour. It’s ideal to spend about 20 to 25 percent of your sleep in the REM phase.
Here are my tips to maximise your time in dreamland:
Wishing you sweet dreams tonight!
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Dr. Matthew Edlund is an expert on rest, biological clocks, performance and sleep. He is the author of several books, including The Power of Rest.
This is his first contribution to Oral Care & Health Daily (Australia & New Zealand).
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