Quiet! Sleeping Brain at Work

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Reading Response #2 The article "Quiet! Sleeping Brain at Work" shows a side of our complex brain that we might did not know. It basically talks about how our brain is active during sleep. It is hard to imagine that while we are in a state where we are not aware, our brain is processing all the information captured during the day. It seems that our brain is designed to collect knowledge during daytime and analyze them at nighttime. Some studies mentioned in the article show why humans need a minimum of six hours of sleep in order to have better performance in daily activities. What remain to be undetermined is the chemicals involved in this process, or how our brain can process information while we are unconscious. The truth is that researches clearly demonstrate that our brain is active during sleep and that this process is more complex than we think. Before reading this article, I thought that while we slept our brain simply in a “resting” stage. I was certain that during this period of “rest”, our brain was preparing for another day to process information and I thought to myself that it is why we always hear people say that we need more than six hours of sleep. It made total sense. What I did not know was that our brain is one hundred percent active during sleep and, more than that, it processes the information in a complex way that allows us to find immediate solutions the next day. It pretty much sounds like our brain is constantly working every day of our lives. Although I am sure my brain processes information complexly as I sleep, I do not have knowledge about the chemicals involved in this process. The article talks about how certain it is our brain analyzes knowledge as we sleep, but does not tell us what is linked to this phenomenon. However, a recent study conducted by James Krueger, a neuroscientist at Washington State University (WSU), revealed that
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