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Dreams, Can You Control Them?

Dreams, Can You Control Them?

By Dr. Julie Davelman

Have you ever dreamed the same thing over and over again?

Has the dream been so bad, it's kept you from going to sleep? Has dreaming caused sleep disruption? Can anything be done about any of this?

Before we get to discussing how you can impact your dreams, let’s begin by talking about what dreams are and how they work.

Most dreams occur during the stage of sleep known as Rapid Eye Movement (REM) Sleep. During this stage of sleep, the person’s brain looks like it is awake and active. For this reason, this stage of sleep is often called “paradoxical sleep.” 

So, what are dreams? One theory that has received a lot of support is that dreams are a narrative, pieced together by the brain, of different brain areas that were activated during the day. They come from your day and your emotions, there is a way to deal with this problem. Please note, if you have a history of trauma, only do this with the help of a therapist.

When you wake up, write down as much about this dream as you can remember. Then, rewrite the story in a way that it no longer bothers you. For example, you might want to change the ending or the main character. Once written in as much detail as possible, practice reading this story to yourself as often as you can. After several days of practice, you are likely to notice that when this dream occurs, it occurs with the new ending. This technique is known as dream rehearsal.

Although many aspects of dreams remain unconfirmed, it has been confirmed that this is an important part of your sleep.

It is important enough in fact that if you lack it, your body will make it up. Although dreams seem magical, they are driven by your emotions and experiences, so if they are producing things that you do not like, it may be worthwhile to look at what you are spending your day thinking about.

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