(INFOGRAPHIC) Stages of Sleep

by The HealthCentral Editorial Team

Sleep is a huge part of our lives, but how much do you really know about it? Our sleep and dreams are all part of a restorative process our body needs to stay healthy and happy. Here are some of the specifics of how and why we sleep, and how our dreams factor into the cycle.

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Stages of Sleep

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