The Importance of Sleep and Dream Sleep
According to Dr. Lyle Danuloff, Clinical Psychologist, 72% of the patients at The Enuresis Treatment Center ages 7-15 report remembering dreams less than one time per week. He goes on to state that bedwetters do not experience sufficient REM that is required to maintain proper sleep function. REM stage helps us work through stress and anxiety. It is vital for children to move through REM each and every night. Our statistics show us that years of bedwetting and experiencing poor quality sleep essentially render the bedwetting child, teenager, or adult sleep deprived.
Sleep helps you to restore and rejuvenate many body functions:
Each stage of sleep offers benefits to the sleeper. If we do not get adequate sleep in all stages, we experience the strongest effects of sleep deprivation.
Sleep allows the brain to go on a little vacation needed to restore the energy we expend during our waking hours. Blood flow decreases to the brain in these stage, and redirects itself towards the muscles, restoring physical energy. Research also shows that immune functions increase during sleep.
REM sleep, or dream sleep, is also very important. This stage is associated with processing emotions, retaining memories, and relieving stress. Our brains suspend logic, and we lose all self-awareness – which is why we can experience ridiculous, irrational events in our dreams and believe them to be true.
If our REM sleep is disrupted one night, our bodies don’t follow the normal sleep cycle progression the next time we doze off. Instead, we often go through extended periods of REM until we “catch up” on this stage of sleep. But, if quality sleep has been lost as well, our brain attempts to catch up on this stage first – in fact, the brain will try and make up all of the sleep it has lost and only half of the REM sleep.
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Reference: helpguide.org Tina de Benedictis, Ph.D, Heather Larson, Gina Kemp, M.A., Suzanne Barston, and Robert Segal, M.A., contributed to this article.