The Stages Of Dreams By James Arthur Baldwin

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James Arthur Baldwin, an African American novelist, once said, “The best thing about dreams is that fleeting moment, when you are between asleep and awake, when you don’t know the difference between reality and fantasy, when for just that one moment you feel with your entire soul that the dream is reality, and it really happened” (Turner). Dreams are defined as a sequence of thought and feelings that happen in one’s sleep during REM, rapid eye movement. Amazingly, humans spend around six years of one’s life asleep and have approximately three to five dreams a night. Dreams are very interesting, and their meanings have been widely debated throughout history. People are not required to be sleep to be able to dream. However, the stage that dreams occur is called REM, Rapid Eye Movement. REM is one of the five stages of sleep. The other stages consist of; stage 1: a light sleep, stage 2: eye movement and brain waves slow down, stage 3: extremely slow brain waves, so very little to no brain activity, stage 4: deep sleep, and the final stage is REM, when one’s eyes are constantly moving beneath the eye lid and muscles become temporarily paralyzed. REM is the stage were dreams occur. The REM stage happens every 90 to 110 minutes which is a complete sleep cycle. People typically have around three to four sleep cycles each night. During the first REM period of the night, a dream can last as long as five to ten minutes. Eventually, the dream process can last as long as thirty to…

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