Why Do We Dream? – Top Dream Theories

“Dreams are the touchstones of our characters.” – Henry David Thoreau

Dreams have fascinated philosophers for thousands of years, but only recently have dreams been subjected to empirical research and concentrated scientific study. Chances are that you’ve often found yourself puzzling over the mysterious content of a dream, or perhaps you’ve wondered why you dream at all.

First, let’s start by answering a basic question – What is a dream? A dream can include any of the images, thoughts and emotions that ...

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Does Dreaming Help us Overcome Painful Memories?

If you dealt with anything unsettling today, new research reinforces the theory that you’ll feel better if you take a nap

If time heals old wounds, dreaming may help speed up the recovery process. According to researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, dreaming takes the “painful edge” off difficult memories by chemically dampening a stressful event’s impact. Here’s what you should know:

How does this work?

Researchers discovered that brain chemicals associated with stress either become inactive or slow down during REM ...

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