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How does sleep affect my emotions?

Rapid eye movement (REM) sleep helps the brain to process emotional memories. In a recent study, people who slept after being exposed to emotionally charged images had a less intense reaction to seeing these images a second time, compared to people who saw the images twice without sleeping between viewings. Measuring brain activity using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), researchers observed a quieting of activity in the region of the brain that processes emotions, indicating that during REM sleep the brain is "soothing" itself of stress.

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