The 90 Minute Dream Cycle
One dream cycle is usually 90 minutes, where delta waves slowly increase frequency to morph into theta waves, which is the REM state of dreams. The awakening cycle in the morning, when the transition takes place from theta to alpha and finally beta (when we hit the snooze button!)
This precious morning time can be made highly productive as it is ripe with new ideas and insights related to the events of the day before and the forthcoming day.
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Many people in the ‘theta’ state happen to get good ideas, as do people who are mentally relaxed due to being in the alpha state.
The repetitive task becomes automatic and disengages itself from the mind, leading to a free flow of ideas.
The human brain is a highly complex electrochemical organ, generating as much as 10 watts of electricity.
This electrical activity is displayed in the form of four types of brainwaves: Beta, Alpha, Theta and Delta which correspond with focus, rest, creativity and deep sleep.
Recent studies suggest we employ the same neurophysiological mechanisms while dreaming that we use to construct and recall memories while we are awake.
Studies also found that vivid, bizarre and emotionally intense dreams are linked to parts of the amygdala and hippocampus. The amygdala plays a key role in processing and memory of emotional reactions. The hippocampus is implicated in important memory functions, such as the consolidation of information from short-term to long-term memory.
Consciousness is everything you experience - taste, pain, love, feeling. Where these experiences come from is a mystery.
Many modern analytic philosophers of mind either deny the existence of consciousness, or they argue that they can never be meaningfully studied by science.
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