Someone says that they see vivid, "vivid" dreams, someone - black and white, and some argue that they do not dream at all. But experts reassure that everyone sees dreams, just not everyone remembers them. Is it bad if a person does not remember what he dreamed about? Some neuroscientists believe this is cause for concern.
Why are there no dreams?
A new study by Rubin Nyman, a scientist at the Center for Integrative Medicine in Arizona, titled Dreamless: The Silent Epidemic REM Dream Loss, suggests that modern people regularly experience both emotional and physical stress leading to a loss of the ability to remember or even dream, which are important indicators of our overall health.
Dreams happen during REM sleep (REM sleep), and it is at this stage that our heart rates and blood pressure levels are close to waking.
If a person does not remember what he dreamed, Nyman says, then he probably does not sleep well enough. And if you don't get the REM sleep you need, you are at increased risk of developing a range of emotional and physical health problems, including irritability, depression, weight gain, hallucinations, memory problems, and immune system dysfunctions.
How to sleep properly?
Typically, you experience REM sleep towards morning, as the body prioritizes deep, non-REM sleep at night, which is essential for survival. But for people who sleep less and less, use gadgets at night, and wake up frequently, there is a high likelihood that we are seriously interrupting our REM cycle. This could potentially lead to any of the health risks listed above.
The solution to the problem may be to improve the quality of rest. Moreover, it is it that is important, and not the quantity.
Clinically speaking, a "restful night's sleep" is one that consists of seven to nine hours of quality, uninterrupted rest time. He should not be interrupted by simple activities that wake us up during the night, such as using the toilet, drinking a glass of water, or even rolling from side to side.
To get a good night's rest, it is important that the room is dark. Use blackout curtains or wear a sleep mask at night. Only then will the hormonal system work properly. The telephone, lanterns, bedside lamps, flashing signals of household appliances - all this disrupts rest, even if we do not notice it.
Why do I have nightmares?
Everybody has nightmares from time to time. To some extent, this is normal. But if a person wakes up in horror more than twice a week, this indicates a disturbance in the emotional state, chronic stress, or unresolved problems. At the Canadian University of Montreal, there is a separate laboratory where specialists study dreams and nightmares. They say that in the case of bad dreams, sleeping pills, alcohol or drugs can only make the problem worse, so the best way to regain peace is to meditate, freewrite, or see a psychologist.
If you are not tormented by nightmares, but dreams are strange, unusual, this is not a reason to worry. Night visions are needed by the human brain in order to digest, understand and structure the information received during the day. Therefore, it is so important for young children to sleep during the day, and not only at night, because they are constantly faced with new knowledge and sensations.
Good and funny dreams, by the way, are not always an indicator of a healthy night's rest. If a person is exhausted and “knocks out”, barely reaching his head to the pillow, he can immediately fall into REM sleep, bypassing the phases of real rest.Often this feeling is similar to the fact that you just closed your eyes, and the alarm has already rang.
What influences our dreams?
Dreams are not something separate from us. Events during the day, emotional state, health, age, personality type, bedroom environment all affect what a person sees at night.
Experts advise not only to bring yourself to a calm state before going to bed, but also to visualize something pleasant in order to tune the brain for good dreams. This is a kind of evening meditation. You can play soothing music or sounds of nature, sit back and start painting in front of your eyes pictures of what is currently lifting your mood. This will increase the chances that you will get a good night's rest and pass all the necessary phases safely.
Dreams on request
There is even a whole technology of "lucid dreaming" when you can order yourself a "movie" for the night. It is quite difficult, but there are some steps you can try. For example, every morning, write down as carefully as possible what you dreamed, with as much detail as possible. This is necessary in order to train the brain to remember and identify dreams. In the evening, try to colorfully imagine what you want to see. Don't be discouraged if it doesn't work out right away, it takes months or even years of training. In a dream, if possible, try to realize yourself - go to the mirror, look at your hands, try to do something unreal, for example, take off. Managing your dreams isn't just pampering. Many experts believe that this is a kind of fitness for the subconscious, allowing you to use the brain more productively while awake.