Sleep and Consciousness


Sleepand Consciousness

Sleepand Consciousness

Inthe first article, the author asserts that sleep is essential becauseit enables us to develop various levels of consciousness andawareness. The writer draws examples from a film where rats forced tostay awake started dying after the fifth day of sleeplessness. Fromthe movie, it is evident that sleep deprivation results in theimpairment of body activities. Research conducted by Hobson andFriston shows that the Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep activates thebrain enabling it to maintain certain functions that facilitateconsciousness when we wake up (2012).The amnesic state of the brainachieved through slumber enhances memory recall. Therefore, differentpsychological and motor control activities such as behavior rely onthe quality of sleep taken on the daily basis. I agree with theauthor that it is vital to get sufficient rest to maintain goodhealth and avoid mental distress.

Thesecond article draws from chapter four reading that answers mostquestions on the importance of slumber. I find the articleinteresting because the author gives an example of her busy scheduleas a working mother who is also a student. The tight schedule leavesher with little time to rest. As a result, she may find it difficultto stay alert and active during the day. Hobson and Friston (2012),assert that when we sleep dreams heighten our consciousness includingemotions such as anger, happiness and anxiety, movement, orientation,and awareness. I agree with the author that insufficient rest canresult in uncontrollable emotions, insomnia, and behavioral problems.The reader can deduce that the body is accustomed to a sleeping andwaking schedule, therefore when we move from our time zone, we upsetour psychological wellbeing. Sleep deprivation upsets the body’sability to control machinery, drive, and results in health issuessuch as reduced immunity, high blood pressure, and obesity.Therefore, the body needs sufficient rest for emotional,psychological, and emotional wellbeing.


Hobson,J.A., &ampFriston, K.J. (2012). Walking and dreaming consciousness:Neurobiological and functional consideration. Progressin Neurobiology,98, 82-98.