by James Vlahos
- Whether or not the brain is asleep or awake is not an either-or proposition, according to some scientists.
- Their research suggests that what we recognize as sleep—closed eyes, physical stillness and lack of consciousness—occurs only after a number of different parts of the brain cycle into a sleep state.
- If this partial-sleep hypothesis is correct, some parts of the brain may be asleep while we actually appear to be awake, and vice versa.
- This new view could explain why, in extremely rare cases, individuals may commit serious crimes, including murder, during sleep.