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Dream Deprivation May Be As Serious As Sleep Loss

Dream Deprivation May Be As Serious As Sleep Loss

A new comprehensive literature review by an integrative medicine specialist suggests dream loss is at the root of many of the health concerns attributed to sleep loss.

The review by Rubin Naiman, Ph.D., appears in the “Unlocking the Unconscious: Exploring the Undiscovered Self” issue of the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences.┬áNaiman is a sleep and dream specialist at the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine.

The paper details the various factors that cause rapid eye movement (REM) sleep and dream loss. Typical sleep follows a pattern in which deeper, non-REM sleep is prioritized by the body. Only later in the night and into the early morning do people experience dreaming, during REM sleep.

“We are at least as dream-deprived as we are sleep-deprived,” noted Dr. Naiman, University of Arizona clinical assistant professor of medicine.

He sees REM/dream loss as an unrecognized public health hazard that silently wreaks havoc by contributing to illness, depression, and an erosion of consciousness.

“Many of our health concerns attributed to sleep loss actually result from REM sleep deprivation.”

The review examines data about the causes and extent of REM/dream loss associated with medications, substance use disorders, sleep disorders, and behavioral and lifestyle factors.

Naiman further reviews the consequences of REM/dream loss and concludes with recommendations for restoring healthy REM sleep and dreaming.

Source: University of Arizona

Dream Deprivation May Be As Serious As Sleep Loss

Rick Nauert PhD

Rick Nauert, PhDDr. Rick Nauert has over 25 years experience in clinical, administrative and academic healthcare. He is currently an associate professor for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals doctoral program in health promotion and wellness. Dr. Nauert began his career as a clinical physical therapist and served as a regional manager for a publicly traded multidisciplinary rehabilitation agency for 12 years. He has masters degrees in health-fitness management and healthcare administration and a doctoral degree from The University of Texas at Austin focused on health care informatics, health administration, health education and health policy. His research efforts included the area of telehealth with a specialty in disease management.

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Nauert PhD, R. (2017). Dream Deprivation May Be As Serious As Sleep Loss. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 14, 2018, from https://psychcentral.com/news/2017/10/02/dream-deprivation-may-be-as-serious-as-sleep-loss/126841.html

 

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