Can Dreams affect Sleep Quality?
Although at times they can be completely bizarre, dreams are a normal part of sleep and an everyday occurrence in our lives. Despite the vast majority of people being unable to remember what they dreamt the night before, we actually dream for two hours each night, usually as we enter into the ‘Rapid Eye Movement’ form of sleep, usually referred to as (REM).
Essentially, dreams are unavoidable, but could they be affecting the quality of your sleep? Read below to ﬁnd out more.
Dreams can make you feel hungover
Having a bad dream can actually cause what is referred to as a ‘dream hangover’, with particularly horrible nightmares making it difﬁcult for people to fall back to sleep, and when sleep is achieved, to actually get a good quality doze!
So, next time you’re dozing the day after a nightmare, you can probably put your poor sleep down to your frightening dream…
Happy Dream = Good Sleep
Although we are still working on the evidence behind this, in various studies, people who dreamt happy dreams woke feeling well rested and in a great mood, as opposed to people who suffered sleep loss or were plagued with nightmares.
We still don’t know for sure on the science behind this, but the mood in which we wake can impact the rest of our day, and if we wake in a happy mood, thanks to a joyful dream, it’s very likely that feelings of happiness and contentedness will follow.
Dreaming in Real Life
Our dreams are heavily inﬂuenced by our reality. Studies have shown that people who suffer from stress or are battling depression struggle with their sleeping pattern, and if our reality reﬂects our dreams, then nightmares can be a common occurrence, leading to poor sleep.
Tackle the problem at the root cause. You might not be able to inﬂuence your dreams directly, but you can work to relieve stresses and pressures in the day, leading to happier dreams and a better sleep.