What’s in a dream?

What’s in a dream?

Not all dreaming is the same. Dreaming runs the gamut of human experience (and sometimes beyond), incorporating a dizzying range of emotions and events, often with elements of the bizarre. Dreams can be funny, frightening, sad and strange. Flying dreams can be euphoric, chasing dreams can be terrifying, forgot-to-study-for-my-exam dreams can be stressful.

Our Dreaming World

Our Dreaming World

In this 3-part series, we’ll explore the world of dreams, looking at the latest science has to say about why we might dream, and the mechanics of dreaming in the brain. We’ll examine the content of dreams, and how dreams may both reflect and influence waking life. We’ll look at disorders related to dreaming, and how health conditions and some medication can disrupt dreams.

Dreaming and our waking lives

Scientists at France’s Lyon Neuroscience Research Center examined brain activity during dreaming, in an attempt to better understand how dreams may carry over to waking memory—what’s known as dream recall—and why some people are better than others at remembering dreams

The stuff of (disturbing) dreams

The stuff of (disturbing) dreams

Dreams are one of the most fascinating—and least understood—aspects of sleep. Though science has offered possibilities, we don’t yet understand the purpose of dreaming. Dreams can encompass a dramatic range of emotion, and subject matter. Some dreams seem plucked...

Dreams, Nightmares, Stress and Sleep

Most of us have experienced them: weird, vivid dreams that leave us thinking about them the next day. But “weird” can mean several things in this regard. It can imply dreams that call up people from the past, the dead, or even those of a sexual nature. Strange dreams...
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