The Science Of How Sleep Changes Your Brain, From Infancy To Old Age.
This article helps us understand the importance of sleep at different stages of the human life cycle. In bite-size sections, it describes from infancy to old age what adequate sleep does to the brain. Sleep deprivation, unless it got to the chronic stage and begins to impact our health and work life, is often not something we would focus our attention. As long as we get a few hours of sleep, despite its suspect quality, most just move on and adjust to the demands of living. This article, drawing on various research articles by and interviews with sleep specialists, directs our attention to aspects of quality sleep if we are to function optimally through the life-span. For example, in the third trimester of pregnancy, a foetus is capable of rapid eye movement sleep, the equivalent of a dream-like state in adults. Fascinating!
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