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The Psychology of Sleep

This essay contains a discussion on the phenomenon of sleep---its nature, occurrence, theories explaining its occurrence and other related topics.

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Table of contents

On Sleep 1
Theories Behind the Functions of Sleep 2
Sleep Cycles 4
Sleep Stages 5
Effects of Sleep Deprivation 7
Sleep Disorders 8
Sources 11

Preview of the essay: The Psychology of Sleep

“Sleep is a priceless treasure; the more one has of it the better it is.” THE PSYCHOLOGY OF SLEEP On Sleep Perhaps one of the most fascinating of all human activity is sleeping. People tend to find their most private moments when asleep. It can be fairly said that sleeping constitutes one of the most important activities of man. Accordingly, humans spend a third of their life sleeping. Sleep is an altered state of consciousness the purpose of which is to give rest to the brain. Sleep is only good and beneficial to that it affords all of the brain and all of the body. If you but partially sleep then you are partially rested you may not realize, you may not know that is possible to sleep “partially”. One Rosierucian teacher who prepares these instructions had for years been able to visit-places of amusement or instruction and go to sleep, except so far as his hearing or his seeing may be concerned. He becomes absolutely unconscious of every other impression to such an extent that persons sitting near him and breathe believe that he has gone soundly to sleep. Thousands of ...

... Bedwetting is one of the most common types of sleep disorders. So common that people who experienced this type of sleep disorder tend to feel some degree of self-embarrassment if they have this type of sleep disorder. In a large sample of children ages 4 to 14, some 29 percent reported recent episodes of bedwetting. The problem is more common in younger children than in older ones. But a recent suggests 1 percent of the 14-year old still wet the bed with some frequency. Boys are significantly more likely to experience the problem than girls. Bedwetting tends to occur during non-REM sleep, and often happens during Stage 4 deep sleep. It may occur for many reasons, including stress, physical problems, and poor training. The behavior therapies of some help in solving problem.
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