Researchers studying Near Death Experiences (NDEs) have found a possible physical component to the mysterious phenomenon. While not ruling out a spiritual dimension, a team at the Univ. of Kentucky discovered that those who have NDEs are more likely to experience sleep abnormalities. Specifically, rapid-eye movement (REM) sleep states occasionally intrude into their regular waking consciousness. First hour guest Dr. Jeff Long(1) said he worked with Professor Kevin Nelson at the Univ. of Kentucky, providing his team with near death experiencers for their study. The research using "retrospective" subjects (many had had their NDEs years ago) doesn't debunk or disprove the phenomenon, said Long, who added that the control group, a set of hospital workers, may not have been candid about their own sleep problems for fear of reprisal. Read more about the study at BBC News(2).