15 “Facts” About Sleep That Are Completely Wrong

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Myth #12: People who are under anesthesia are asleep

FACT: Just because you’re unconscious doesn’t mean you’re asleep. When we snooze, our brains produce certain types of brain waves.

When we’re under an anesthetic, however, the brain hardly emits any brain waves at all, which clearly distinguishes it from regular sleep. In fact, anesthesia is more like a “reversible drug-induced coma” than a good night’s slumber.

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