Some dreams you don’t ever want to wake up from. Others have you wishing you’d never dream again! But have you ever wondered what would happen if you no longer dreamed? Well, the most common theory is that dreaming helps your brain store memories. In short, dreams are like exercise for the brain – they keep your mind healthy so that it can learn, problem-solve, and analyze.
Also, problems that we face in our dreams are usually, in some way, associated with challenges we’ve faced in waking life. Your dream will try to piece these associations together in a way that’s easier for you to process. If you pay attention to your dreams, it can be like therapy!
- Dreams are like exercise for the brain – they keep your mind healthy so that it can learn, problem-solve, and analyze.
- REM sleep is important because this is when our cells grow, heal, and renew. If you aren’t reaching this stage, your body isn’t getting this replenishment.
- Ideally, you should wake up feeling re-energized. But if you’re not knocked out cold in REM sleep, then your internal battery isn’t getting charged.
- Sleep experts say that dreams help the brain process all the problems that are stressing out the subconscious. In other words, dreams help us blow off some mental steam!
- It turns out that even when you’re lying completely still, which the body tends to do during sleep, your heart rate will go up if you’re dreaming!
- Drink some hot chamomile tea before bed, turn the electronics off, keep your bedroom completely silent and dark, change your mattress and pillows if it’s long overdue.
- Before you lie down, tell yourself that you want to remember your dreams. Say it out loud if you have to.
- Think of a question you’d like to be answered in your dreams, and write it down. This will act as a guide and focus for your dream.
- On average, most people forget their dreams within seconds of waking up. As soon as you open your eyes, don’t immediately grab your phone.
- Keep a notebook by your bed. When you wake up from a dream, even if it’s in the middle of the night, write down everything you can remember about it.
- To add a “dream memory boost’ to your diet, try eating foods that are high in B vitamins. Think poultry, spinach, fish, bananas, and milk.
- Lucid dreaming is when you know that you’re in a dream. So, that means you’re in control of what’s happening around you! But the interesting thing is that lucid dreams are usually easier to remember.