Everyone dreams for a total of about two hours per night, and dreams can occur during any stage of sleep, although they’re most vivid during the REM phase. If you’ve ever woken up from a happy dream feeling relaxed and rested, or a scary one feeling on edge, you might have wondered whether the content of your shut-eye reveries can make a difference in your overall sleep quality.
I can hear you thinking ‘What sleep?”
Unsettling dreams don’t always have a significant effect on your sleep pattern, in other words they won’t necessarily alter the amount of h time you spend in the different stages of sleep or the number of times you awaken. However what they can change is how long it takes to get back to asleep.
Dreams mostly relate back to what’s happening in your waking life.
The subconscious is very ,very clever.
If you’re experiencing low stress and plenty of satisfaction in your day-to-day life, you may have more positive dreams. By contrast, if you’re depressed or anxious during the day, you may have more unpleasant dreams and compromised sleep quality at night.
The good news is that while you cannot control your dreams directly, you can work on improving your state of mind knowing no whatever you may be experiencing in a pleasant or unpleasant dream you are SAFE.
If you go to bed with a troubling thought, you may wake with a solution, or at least feel better about the situation.
Sigmund Freud believed dreams are a window into our subconscious.
He believed they reveal a person's:
• Unconscious (subconscious)
Freud thought dreams were a way for people to satisfy urges and desires that were unacceptable to society.
I believe there is great merit with Freud’s observations.
Over the years of speaking with any clients, I’ve come to realise that dreams definitely help our brains process our thoughts and the experience we have in life.
It is such a great idea to journal dreams as soon as you awake. Even if they are fragments. Eventually they’ll make sense.