We have wondered about dreams for as long as humanity has existed. From cave paintings to the latest neuroscientific methods, we are always trying to learn more about this mysterious phenomenon that happens when we sleep.
But as research has now established, dreams aren’t just a curious phenomenon, they also have lots of beneficial impact on our lives.
Below we will examine five of the main benefits of dreaming.
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Memory, knowledge, problem solving
It’s a well-known fact that sleep helps with our learning. Turns out dreams have a pretty important role in that too. A Harvard research discovered that dreams help us process and visualise information, which helps us to learn better. The experiment found that not only those who dreamed were better at processing and consolidating information, they were also better at solving problems.
To sum up the memory benefits:
- dreams can help improve our memory
- they can help us learn better
- they can help us solve problems
“What’s got us really excited, is that after nearly 100 years of debate about the function of dreams, this study tells us that dreams are the brain’s way of processing, integrating and really understanding new information” – Robert Stickgold, PhD, Director of the Center for Sleep and Cognition at BIDMC and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School
Complex emotions & emotional healing
All the things you worry about, it turns out, your dreams can help you process. As a study by the Sleep and Neuroimaging Lab at UC Berkeley found, dreaming less (or not dreaming at all) impacts our ability to process complex emotions.
When you are not able to process complex emotions like worries and fears, guess how good you are at dealing with them.
Being able to process such complex emotions also has a big impact on your ability to deal with emotional challenges.
Suffice to say, dreaming is good for reducing worries and stress, and it is good for emotional healing.
Interested to learn what happens to your brain when you dream? Then check out this video:
To recap, these are the 5 main benefits of dreaming:
- Dreaming can help improve your memory
- Dreaming can help you learn better
- Dreaming can help you solve problems
- Dreaming can help you deal with complex emotions (including worries)
- Dreaming can promote emotional healing
As it turns out, dreams aren’t just our brain at work during our sleep – they play a pretty important role in our health and wellbeing.
Do you dream? Do you find them beneficial?
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