The breakdown ~
Well, most of us think of sleep as a time when our bodies shut down, but truth is a lot is going on in our brains and our muscles even while we slumber. Tonight, in our final installment of our weeklong series, "Sleepless in America," I foolishly offered myself up as a guinea pig for a night inside a sleep clinic. And as I found out, the first step is getting yourself all hooked up.
All of us go through several stages of sleep, often in 90-minute cycles that repeat throughout the night. Stage one is the transition from being awake to asleep. It starts off when your eyes slowly begin to roll.
REM sleep is the final stage of the sleep cycle. REM stands for rapid eye movement. It's the time of night we have the most vivid dreams. During REM sleep, your body's skeletal muscles shut down so you don't act out your dreams.
But some people's muscles keep working. They suffer from REM Sleep Behavior Disorder, which means they can dangerously act out their dreams. Sleep clinics are used to observe many sleep disorders, like Restless Leg Syndrome and sleep walking. Thankfully, my sleep was not so exciting. Dr. Gary Zamet monitored my sleep cycles, which turns out are pretty normal.
I deny I snore. That is just simply not true.