Not Nodding Off
If you’re not doing your best work when awake these days, your sleep pattern may be to blame.
The average person should get about two hours of REM sleep every night, and should enter REM sleep four or five times in an eight-hour sleep period. According to a study published May 13 in the journal Science, a disruption of REM sleep is linked to poor memory.
The report relies on experiments conducted at Montreal’s McGill University. Scientists used lights to prevent mice from getting REM sleep. The mice later had problems remembering new places or things. They also seemed to struggle to process emotions.
The moral of the story may be that dreams -- whether sweet or not -- are crucial to our waking lives.