The Terrors of Sleep Paralysis

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Half of the population experiences sleep paralysis at least once in their lives, and it can be a truly unique and terrifying ordeal. Discover how cultures across the world have offered various paranormal explanations for this phenomenon, and then delve into the complicated science that involves an abnormal overlap between REM and the waking stages of sleep. Follow up with the provided multiple choice assessment and then dig into some additional resources on sleep disorders and the stages of sleep.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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  • Explains and illustrates tenets of REM
  • Engaging animations and clear descriptions used to describe physiological effects of sleep paralysis
  • Opportunity to flip lesson and design your own assessment questions and additional resources 

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Common Core