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“It is quite normal for the brain to process environment while we are asleep.”

“It is quite normal for the brain to process environment while we are asleep.”

Directo of Sleep Science at UCT Dr Dale Rae discusses how the brain monitors its surroundings during sleeping.

Sometimes the brain monitors its surroundings in sleep, and this can be done by listening to sounds.

Refiloe Mapakanyane speaks with Dr Dale Rae, Director of Sleep Science at University of Cape Town about the complex balance the sleeping brain must achieve and how the human brain monitors its surroundings while asleep.

Our brains do go into sleep mode, but we are not like Ducks and Dolphins. However, there is some vigilance during certain stages of sleep. When we are in the light stages of sleep, we are very aware of the environment around.

Dr Dale Rae, Director for Sleep Science – UCT

It is quite common that we are processing the environment around our bodies while we sleep. We are in stage two of sleep, but the sound should not disturb us.

Dr Dale Rae, Director for Sleep Science – UCT

Listen to the entire interview below.

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