The Theory Of Sleep Research

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Chance Lemmon Mrs. Kohlbecker DC English 8 March 2015 Working Title: Sleep Research What is sleep? The dictionary definition of sleep is as follows, “a condition of body and mind such as that which typically recurs for several hours every night, in which the nervous system is relatively inactive, the eyes closed, the postural muscles relaxed, and consciousness practically suspended,” (Definition). While this is undoubtedly true, there is so much more on the mystery of sleep. For many years people have wondered and debated on why humans sleep. There used to be many theories on why humans slept. With more advanced technology and stronger research many have been ruled out. In today’s society there are three commonly accepted, but debated, theories on why we sleep. One is the theory of sleep for restoration, which is essentially sleeping to rebuild everything we use during the day. The next theory is the conservation of energy theory. This theory is that humans sleep in order to save energy and have enough for the next day’s activities. The third is the brain function theory. This theory is based on the idea that humans sleep in order to use our brain to the fullest of its capabilities, and in a sense have stronger brain functions. With all these theories it is obvious to say that sleep in itself is a confusing subject. It is one of life’s greatest mysteries and more is likely to be revealed with more research on it. Throughout human history it is very hard to find something
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