Dream loss is at the root of many of the health concerns attributed to sleep loss, according to Rubin Naiman, Ph.D., a sleep and dream specialist.
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.
"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."