The Making of Microdreams

Tore Nielsen, author of the recent paper ‘Microdream neurophenomenology’ deconstructs the process by which Microdreams are formed.

New Study Identifies "Microdreams"

An exciting new paper published in Neuroscience of Consciousness zooms in on a new avenue for dream research: the Microdream.

Practicing Darts in Lucid Dreams Improves Performance

Practicing motor tasks in lucid dreams may help to improve performance, although only, if you are able to focus on the task in your dream.
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Dreaming Linked to Bursts of Brain Activity During Sleep

A new study finds a link between dream recall and short bursts of brain activity occurring during sleep; both may reflect a 'memory replay' function of sleep.

Hit the Snooze for Lucid Dreams?

Lucid dreams are more likely to occur during lighter sleeps, like naps or after early morning awakenings, when the mind is more aroused and closer to waking.
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Why Pregnant Women Have Bizarre Bad Dreams

Pregnant women report 2.5 times more bad dreams than non-pregnant women, and 80% of new mothers report their dreams to be particularly vivid and detailed during pregnancy.

People With Hearing Loss Have More Vivid Dreams

It’s often thought that when one sensory modality is weakened, the other senses become more attuned to compensate. But does this sensitivity then translate into dreams?

A Brief History of Dream Research

Fhe study of dreams has evolved substantially since the discovery of REM sleep by researchers Aserinsky and Kleitman in 1953.
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What It Means When You Have a Bad Dream About Your Partner

Dreaming of infidelity and jealousy can increase conflict and decrease intimacy with your partner the following day.

Do Medications Cause Nightmares?

A recent case report describes a woman who experienced the sudden onset of nightmares after being prescribed a certain antiobiotic.

Nightmares After Trauma

At least half of PTSD patients suffer from intense nightmares that replay a traumatic event. How do these differ from normal nightmares, and how can we treat them?

Proven Methods to Gain Insight Into Your Dreams

Research details two simple techniques that dream sharing groups can follow in order to stimulate insight into any dream’s meaning.

Dreaming in Depression (And Other Mental Illness)

Depression, schizophrenia, and personality disorder have been associated with frequent and distressing nightmares, along with several other qualities of disturbed dreaming.

Why the Characters in Your Dreams Do What They Do

Your dreaming mind is responsible for creating and juggling several dream characters at once, attributing distinct feelings, voices, and actions to each. How is this possible?

Why Unwanted Thoughts Can Invade Your Dreams

Think you can avoid thinking about that pesky relationship problem? In your dreams!

Watch Dream Research in Action!

Dream researcher Elizaveta Solomonova discusses how we can learn more about dreaming through the study of experienced meditators.

The Link Between Mindfulness, Meditation, and Lucid Dreaming

Mindfulness is aimed at improving an individual`s capacity to maintain awareness of the present moment, with an open and non-judgemental attitude. Could practicing mindfulness increase our awareness during sleep, promoting more frequent lucid dreams?

How Bad Dreams Can Help You Solve Your Problems

Several authors have shown that current emotional problems are frequently incorporated into dreams, and further, dreaming may provide creative solutions to these problems.

Dreaming in the Land of the Dead

Evidence from anecdotal reports and cultural practices suggest that it is possible to interact with lost loved ones in the land of dreams, a "bardo" state of consciousness that is similar to death.

Aware During the Nightmare

Lucid dreamers may unearth powerful unconscious fears or memories, turning their experience into a lucid nightmare. Techniques can help to confront and overcome these lucid nightmares.

How to Direct Your Dreams

We often feel that we don’t have any control over our dreams. But the truth is, we do. How we react to situations in waking life dictates how we behave in dreams, and in this way, we are responsible for creating our own dreams.

6 Ways You Can Put Your Dreams to Work for You

Research shows that REM sleep integrates recent emotional memories by forming broad associations to past experience. Could your dreaming style steer the connections your mind makes during sleep?

Confront Your Nightmares with Lucid Dreaming

Lucid dreaming is the process of becoming aware in a dream. Once lucid within a nightmare you realize that there is no real danger, so you can choose to safely confront your fears.

How to Dream Like Salvador Dali

A brief nap, less than a second long, can be used as a source of artistic inspiration and creative resolution.

Do Certain Foods Really Cause Bad Dreams?

Researchers report that people believe certain foods, namely eating dairy, can instigate bizarre or disturbing dreams. Is this true?

Do Your Dreams Predict Your Health?

Dreams may indicate the onset of an illness prior to the presence of other physical symptoms. Recognizing these dream cues can be particularly useful for establishing early intervention against sickness.

What's Behind Your Recurring Dreams

Recurring dreams reflect the presence of an unresolved or persistent conflict in an individual’s life. The cessation of a recurrent dream can indicate that the conflict has been successfully resolved.

What Are the Most Common Dream Themes?

Some dream themes are found in many different cultures across time. These"typical dreams" are thought to reflect certain universal aspects of human experience.

Dream Déjà Vu

Many of us have had the impression of re-visting specific places in our dreams; there may be a clear feeling of familiarity or a vague memory of the dreamscape, a sort of dream déjà vu. It's especially interesting when these places are novel creations of the dreamworld, existing only in the dreamer's mind.

Sensory Incorporation in Dreams

It’s not unusual to realize upon awakening that elements of our true physical surroundings have been incorporated into our dreams. Though we normally consider sleep to be a time when we are completely cut off from the real world, in fact, there continues to be a flow of input from our sensory systems...