Babies start dreaming inside the womb

Scientists have discovered that babies may begin experiencing REM (rapid eye movements) around week 23, and therefore likely start dreaming.

Mathematician Karin Schwab and a team of neuroscientists at Friedrich Schiller University in Jena, Germany studied sheep (because they typically carry one or two fetuses similar in size and weight to human ones) and discovered that very immature sheep fetuses can enter a dreaming sleep-like state weeks before the first REM are seen.

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