His review published at the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
, explains the various factors that cause rapid eye movement (REM) sleep and dream loss. REM Sleep is the period when we see dreams, this happens only later in the night and into the early morning.
‘Many of our health concerns attributed to sleep loss result from rapid eye movement (REM) sleep deprivation.’
"We are at least as dream-deprived as we are sleep-deprived," noted Dr. Naiman, UA 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 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. Dr. Naiman further reviews the consequences of REM/dream loss and concludes with recommendations for restoring healthy REM sleep and dreaming.