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How many stages of sleep are there?

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Stage 1 is light sleep where you drift in and out of sleep and can be awakened easily. In this stage, the eyes move slowly and muscle activity slows. During this stage, many people experience sudden muscle contractions preceded by a sensation of falling.

In stage 2, eye movement stops and brain waves become slower with only an occasional burst of rapid brain waves. When a person enters stage 3, extremely slow brain waves called delta waves are interspersed with smaller, faster waves. In stage 4, the brain produces delta waves almost exclusively. Stages 3 and 4 are referred to as deep sleep, and it is very difficult to wake someone from them. In deep sleep, there is no eye movement or muscle activity. This is when some children experience bedwetting, sleepwalking or night terrors.

In the REM period, breathing becomes more rapid, irregular and shallow, eyes jerk rapidly and limb muscles are temporarily paralyzed. Brain waves during this stage increase to levels experienced when a person is awake.

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Stage 1 is the beginning of the sleep cycle, and is a relatively light stage of sleep. Stage 1 can be considered a transition period between wakefulness and sleep. In Stage 1, the brain produces high amplitude theta waves, which are very slow brain waves. This period of sleep lasts only a brief time (around 5-10 minutes). If you awaken someone during this stage, they might report that they weren't really asleep.

Stage 2

Stage 2 is the second stage of sleep and lasts for approximately 20 minutes. The brain begins to produce bursts of rapid, rhythmic brain wave activity known as sleep spindles. Body temperature starts to decrease and heart rate begins to slow.

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This stage was previously divided into stages three and four. Deep, slow brain waves known as delta waves begin to emerge during stage 3 sleep. This stage is sometimes referred to as delta sleep because of the slow brain waves known as delta waves that occur during this time. During this stage, people become less responsive and noises and activity in the environment may fail to generate a response. It also acts as a transitional period between light sleep and a very deep sleep. Bed-wetting and sleepwalking are most likely to occur at the end of this stage of sleep.

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There are actually only 4 stages to Non-Rem Sleep. The first stage lasts for only 5 to 10 minutes and is basically a reduction of wakefulness. The second stage is light sleep when the heart rate slows. Stages 3 and 4 are the deep sleep stages when you will feel disoriented if you are woke up during these.

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Sleep is generally divided into four stages plus REM, rapid eye movement when dreaming occurs. The first stages or phases are lighter sleep with periods of wakefulness, and then later stages are deeper sleep when it is hard to wake the person up and the body does most of its repair work. The last stage has longer periods of REM and when people wake from this stage of sleep they usually report that they were dreaming.

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Stage 1 NREM. Stage 2 NREM.the beginning of "true" sleep). Stages 3 and 4 NREM. REM sleep. Four stages have non-rapid eye movement (NREM) sleep.Dreaming occurs in the fifth stage, during rapid eye movement (REM) sleep.

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There are 4 stages of sleep and they do not have specific names. They are labeled as NREM sleep stages and REM sleep stages.

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There are four stages of sleep, which takes a maximum of 8 hours. after that it releases hormones which wakes you up.

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There are 4 non-REM stages and REM sleep.

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