Essay about Dreams: Informative Speech

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Thesis Statement: Understanding how dreams occur, how they affect our lives and what they mean help us grasp what dreams actually are.

Intro:
I. (Attention Getter) Have you ever dreamt that you were walking along the side of a road or along a cliff and suddenly you trip? You’re falling for what seems like forever, but before hitting the ground, you wake up? This is considered to be a falling dream, and ironically, falling dreams occur when you are falling asleep. They are usually accompanied by muscle spasms and twitches of the entire body. Although these dreams occur while we are falling asleep, they interpret a completely different meaning. Falling can mean you are insecure, you are losing grip, or you simply have fears that need to
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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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