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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep (Definition)

Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more


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Are there any negative effects of getting too little REM sleep?

Are there any negative effects of getting too little REM sleep?

Maybe: Human growth hormone (hgh) is particularly released during delta phase of sleep, the deepest sleep level. In an adult, hgh is involved in many pathways involved in maximum tissue and organ performance and minimizes age related breakdown. Remember, it is not necessarily total sleep time but more so the quality and level of delta sleep levels that may be at play. ...Read more

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What is the difference between REM and non-rem sleep?

What is the difference between REM and non-rem sleep?

Night and Day: Rem refers to rapid eye movement sleep and non-rem refers to sleep that is not rem. Non-rem is further divided into n1, n2, n3 stages where n3 refers to the deepest stage. Rem is usually when we dream and has similarities physiologically to being awake. We cycle through these different stages about every 90 minutes of sleep. ...Read more

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How is narcolepsy and REM sleep related?

How is narcolepsy and REM sleep related?

Closely: The symptoms of narcolepsy are those of parts of rem sleep intruding into wakefulness. These elements include sleepiness; hallucinations (dream imagery) while falling asleep or waking up; and cataplexy and sleep paralysis (both from the normal muscle paralysis that occurs during rem sleep). ...Read more

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What are the differences between deep sleep and REM sleep?

...: REM sleep is dream sleep. Deep sleep is another stage of sleep which is very restorative and refreshing. You need both in your sleep stages. ...Read more

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Is her psychological effect of getting too little REM sleep?

Yes, there can be.: People who do not get enough rem sleep tend to feel more fatigued. Rem is where you get the deepest sleep which is the most restful and restorative. Mood swings, irritability, decreased concentration are all possibilities. Your rem sleep quantity can be determined with an overnight sleep study. Speak to your doctor if you feel like this may be an issue. ...Read more

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What is the most effective OTC brand for getting a restful, full REM sleep that doesn't leave you feeling groggy in the am?

.bestsleepaids.org: www.bestsleepaids.org. This is not a scientific review, rather a consumer-rated opinion. The product contains melatonin, valerian root, hops, lemon balm, phenibut, 5-htp, l-theanine. It is said to increase stages 3 and 4 sleep ( now referred to as stage n3 sleep) and increase rem sleep as well. And the winner in 2013 consumer award is ...., ..., ...........Somnamax. ...Read more

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Had polysomnography. Please explain: increase in phasic motor activity w/o stereotypical behaviors seen during REM sleep. ?

Had polysomnography.  Please explain: increase in phasic motor activity w/o stereotypical behaviors seen during REM sleep.  ?

Jump around: in sleep. This needs to be interpreted in the context of all the other brain findings of the sleep study. by itself it isn't all that important and doesn't indicate much except a potential problem for interrupted sleep. especially for the person next to you. ...Read more

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I have woken up during my REM sleep two nights in a row and found myself paralyzed. Is this something I should be worried about?

I have woken up during my REM sleep two nights in a row and found myself paralyzed. Is this something I should be worried about?

Sleep paralysis: You have experienced sleep paralysis. It can occur sporadically or chronically and in both it can be scary but otherwise benign. If you are having episodes of hallucinations at night, trouble with insomnia, extreme sleepiness during the day and/ or episodes of muscle weakness such a facial drooping or knees buckling, then you should see a sleep specialist to be evaluated for narcolepsy. Best wishe. ...Read more