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Dreams and Nightmares

An Afternoon Nap May Give You a Mental Boost

2017-01-10 16:21

What did Winston Churchill, John F Kennedy, Albert Einstein and Thomas Edison all have in common? They were known to enjoy a daily afternoon nap, according to the National Sleep Foundation.

Humans are among the only mammals known as monophasic sleepers - meaning that our days are divided into two distinct periods, one for sleep and one for wake.

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Dreaming may be significant for mental health

2014-02-18 22:44

Dreaming is a significant phenomenon which has been surrounded by a great deal of conjecture about it's value for mental health. We often like to think of dreaming as a sort of mental catharsis which helps us to deal in a more stable manner with our life. It often appears that people who remember their dreams are calmer and happier, as if their dreams are helping them to resolve conflicts and confront the complexities of life with more composure.

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Dreams Affect People's Judgment, Behavior

2009-03-02 13:13

While science tries to understand the stuff dreams are made of, humans, from cultures all over the world, continue to believe that dreams contain important hidden truths, according to newly published research.

In six different studies, researchers surveyed nearly 1,100 people about their dreams. “Psychologists' interpretations of the meaning of dreams vary widely,” said Carey Morewedge, an assistant professor at Carnegie Mellon University and the study's lead author. “But our research shows that people believe their dreams provide meaningful insight into themselves and their world.”

Women Have More Nightmares Than Men

2009-01-20 11:50

A researcher from the University of the West of England was inspired by her own nightmares and a chance encounter at a lecture to examine more closely the stuff that dreams are made of. Her PhD study has focused on an astounding discovery that women suffer more nightmares then men.

As a mature student Dr Jennie Parker was interested in looking at some aspect of psychology for her PhD study and it was at a lecture about dreams, given by former UWE researcher Dr Susan Blackmore that she had a moment of epiphany.

Olfactory stimuli may influence dreams

2008-09-21 14:38

What you smell as you sleep has the power to influence your dreams, says new research presented at the 2008 American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery Foundation (AAO-HNSF) Annual Meeting & OTO EXPO in Chicago, IL.

German researchers used specific volatile odorants with a negative or a positive smell ("rotten eggs" versus "roses") to simulate subjects during sleep.