The Mysteries of 'Dreamless Sleep' Come to Light

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The Mysteries of 'Dreamless Sleep' Come to Light

#1  Postby the_5th_ape » Nov 19, 2016 6:38 am

Deep, dreamless sleep has long been thought of as a state of unconsciousness, but in a new paper, several researchers suggest that consciousness may not completely disappear when the mind recedes into deep sleep.

Instead, the article's authors suggest, people actually experience a range of different states within dreamless sleep. Traditionally, dreamless sleep has been straightforwardly defined as the part of sleep that occurs you're not dreaming, and it has been looked at as one uniform stage.

But "the idea that dreamless sleep is an unconscious state is not well-supported by the evidence," said Evan Thompson, one of the authors of the paper and a philosophy professor at the University of British Columbia. [5 Surprising Sleep Discoveries]

Rather, research shows that people have conscious experiences during all states of sleep, including deep sleep, Thompson told Live Science.


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Re: The Mysteries of 'Dreamless Sleep' Come to Light

#2  Postby igorfrankensteen » Nov 20, 2016 4:42 pm

Okay. Really all comes down to how you define "consciousness." As usual.
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#3  Postby Keep It Real » Nov 21, 2016 7:02 pm

Sometimes I wish I could just switch off, but then, without memory, there would be no sense of rest once I switched back on. It would seem instantaneous. There is no escape in sleep as dreams take over. Consciousness better end at death or we're all fucked. Royally fucked.
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