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What is sleep?

 
 
Reply Fri 5 Dec, 2014 03:39 pm
Not sure if anyone follows Alan Alda's wanderings, but he has a thing he does every year where he asks scientists to explain a concept so as an eleven year old would be able to understand it. His most famous of these was "What is a flame?" which brought out a lot of different explanations.

So, Explain to an 11 year "What is sleep?"
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fresco
 
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Reply Fri 5 Dec, 2014 04:26 pm
@McGentrix,
Sleep is the experience of being unaware that you have slipped into engagement in a bizarre disjointed video game with large down load gaps.
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Lordyaswas
 
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Reply Fri 5 Dec, 2014 04:33 pm
@McGentrix,
Sleep is Stand By Mode for humans.

Which is what I'm going to do now.
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chai2
 
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Reply Fri 5 Dec, 2014 04:54 pm
Sleep is putting yourself in airplane mode.
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Builder
 
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Reply Fri 5 Dec, 2014 05:17 pm
Sleep is recharge time, and while you're recharging, your hard drive is checking itself for anomolies.
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jespah
 
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Reply Fri 5 Dec, 2014 05:56 pm
William Shakespeare wrote:
Methought I heard a voice cry, “Sleep no more!
Macbeth does murder sleep”—the innocent sleep,
Sleep that knits up the raveled sleave of care,
The death of each day’s life, sore labor’s bath,
Balm of hurt minds, great nature’s second course,
Chief nourisher in life’s feast.


Macbeth, Act II, Scene 2.
Setanta
 
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Reply Fri 5 Dec, 2014 06:54 pm
Sleep is the time when your conscious mind lets go, and the parts of your brain which are not conscious sort through the input received while you're awake. Sleep is a time when there are characteristic grain wave patterns, some of which are associated with rapid eye movements, when we dream. You interfere in sleep and dreaming at your peril.
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Setanta
 
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Reply Fri 5 Dec, 2014 06:54 pm
@jespah,
I always loved that "reveled sleeve of care" line.
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Setanta
 
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Reply Fri 5 Dec, 2014 06:58 pm
Here's some more of old Snakeshit, from Hamlet, Act III, scene one (rendered into modern English):

To die, to sleep—
No more; and by a sleep, to say we end
The Heart-ache, and the thousand Natural shocks
That Flesh is heir to? 'Tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wished. To die, to sleep,
To sleep, perchance to Dream;
Aye, there's the rub,
For in that sleep of death, what dreams may come,
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
Must give us pause.
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DNA Thumbs drive
 
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Reply Fri 5 Dec, 2014 07:50 pm
@McGentrix,
Sleep, is when the biologic machine, converts it's food to potential energy, as an electric car must recharge it's batteries.
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jespah
 
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Reply Fri 5 Dec, 2014 08:04 pm
Ayup. Willie the Shake says it best.
chai2
 
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Reply Fri 5 Dec, 2014 09:07 pm
@jespah,
Is he related to Shakes the Clown?
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Brandon9000
 
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Reply Sat 6 Dec, 2014 01:03 am
Sleep is some kind of repair and maintenance process, but it seems to be more than just a simple repair and resetting of physical systems. When you first go to sleep, your brainwaves show the kind of slowing down one would expect, but after about 90 minutes, your brain waves become active again and it doesn't mean that you're waking up. This is when dreams occur. It is likely that sleep serves several purposes at once of which simple repair and reset constitute just one.
Frank Apisa
 
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Reply Sat 6 Dec, 2014 04:50 am
@McGentrix,
"Sleep" is wha tha womans put on under der dress wha keep the woman body from show though der dress. Some time a wise guy say to woman, "Hey, your sleep is showin'."
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DNA Thumbs drive
 
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Reply Sat 6 Dec, 2014 07:03 am
@Brandon9000,
Sleep is when the aliens plug into your ear and reprogram your brain. Or at least that is what the Discovery channel says.
Razzleg
 
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Reply Thu 11 Dec, 2014 02:59 am
@DNA Thumbs drive,
sleep is the state in which your brain and the rest of your body renegotiate terms.
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