Frequently, I am asked about the importance of dreams.
It is actually difficult to respond to this inquiry, as we still are not sure why we dream. There are various schools of thought, but we are certain that dreams are important to mental health, physical health, and emotional well-being. All of us dream, although many patients do not remember dreaming. About every 90 minutes or so we enter rapid eye movement sleep, which is commonly called REM sleep.
At one time, it was thought that we only dreamed in REM sleep, but we now know that dreaming can occur in all stages of sleep. During REM sleep, we all experience atonia, which is believed to occur to keep us from acting out our dreams. Sleep paralysis is the inability to move during the transition into or out of sleep, and it can be quite frightening.
After five-minute bouts of rapid eye movement REM sleep, participants were awoken and asked to describe their dream and rate the emotions they experienced in the dream.
Rapid eye movement sleep, theta rhythms, and dreams are key to memory formation.
Individuals who displayed greater alpha-band brain activity in the right, as compared to the left, frontal cortex during evening wakefulness and during REM sleep experienced more anger in dreams. This neural signature -- called frontal alpha asymmetry FAA -- has been linked to anger and self-regulation during wakefulness. Materials provided by Society for Neuroscience. Note: Content may be edited for style and length.
Science News. Together, these results suggest FAA may reflect a universal indicator of emotion regulation. Story Source: Materials provided by Society for Neuroscience. Thank you for this article. My husband had surgery to remove a tumor deep in his brain 18 months ago, and has had exhaustingly vivid dreams nightly ever since. We recently learned that his lingering problems with spatial navigation might be related to the site of the tumor, near the right hippocampus.
Now I wonder if the persistent vivid dreams might also be related? I hope this might be a good sign that he is healing. I found this article fascinating. It was interesting to learn that we are in our most creative state of mind while we are in REM sleep. Christopher Bergland is a world-class endurance athlete, coach, author, and political activist.
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