Essay about Dreams: Informative Speech

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How dreams affect our lives? Do dreams even mean anything? Today in my informative speech about dreams, I hope to enlighten you about dreams forming in our minds, the importance of dreams, and lastly the interpretations of dreams.



(Transition Statement) Understanding the sleep cycle is the first part of understanding dreams and how dreams happen. The average human being spends eight hours a day, fifty-six hours a week, two hundred twenty-four hours a month, and two-thousand, six hundred eighty-eighty hours a year sleeping.







Body:

I. (First Main Point) Sleep is divided into two main blocks: NREM sleep and REM sleep.

A. When we sleep, we go through five stages lasting approximately 90-120 minutes, repeating itself several times throughout the night.

1. We first experience Non-Rapid Eye Movement, or (NREM) sleep, which can be divided into four stages.

a. Stage 1 - Very light sleep, in which it is easy to wake up

Stage 2 - Slightly deeper sleep

Stages 3/4 - Our deepest sleep

b. Our brain activity through these stages gradually slow down, so that by deep sleep - we experience our slowest brain waves.

c. About 90 minutes after we go to sleep and after the fourth sleep stage, we begin REM sleep.

2. Rapid-Eye Movement, or (REM) sleep is the final stage of our sleep cycle.

a. During REM sleep several physiological changes take place.

b. Our
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