This page is currently under construction. Here are a few terms to be defined. Return later to see the updated list and definitions, or look them up yourself and take notes. It’s good to do a bit of studying. I’m studying too!
Amygdala – An almond-shaped mass of gray matter in the anterior portion of the temporal lobe. Also called amygdaloid nucleus. Literally “almond” in Latin. It can refer to any almond-shaped part of the anatomy, even tonsils. The amygdalae are part of the limbic system. They function in the processing of emotions (fear and anger, or more essentially fight-or-flight) in conjuction with the hypothalamus, hippocampus and cingulate gyrus. Active during REM sleep and responsible for emotional memory storage.
Bruxism – Excessive grinding of the teeth and/or clenching of the jaw. This can also be a cause of headaches.
Catathrenia – The opposite of snoring, this parasomnia involves production of a sound (groan) when breathing out. Sometimes it is loud enough to wake the person.
Dreamscape – The title of a movie from the ’80s, but I can think of no better word to describe the setting in which dreams take place, often revisited many times.
Isolated Sleep Paralysis (ISP)
Non-Rapid Eye Movement (NREM)
Rapid Eye Movement (REM) Sleep
Recurrent isolated sleep paralysis (RISP)
Restless Legs Syndrome
Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI)
Slow-wave Sleep (SWS)