Hello, and welcome back to Sleep Hacks where we give you simple tips to sleep better, so you can go through your days as your best self. My name is Alexa, and today we are going to dive into dreams and what they mean for your sleep health. The good, the bad, the weird whether you remember your dreams or not, and 95% of the time you won't, you are still dreaming every night at least three times (hard to believe, I know). Medical News Today described dreams as a shared human experience where you're able to identify the state of consciousness by sensory and cognitive feelings throughout the experience.
While we can all relate on the action of simply dreaming likely our experiences with it and how it's affected us through different stages of our lives are different. Our most vivid dreams occur during REM sleep which happens every 90 minutes in the Sleep stage. REM sleep is also where our brain absorbs and processes new information. Essentially the times where you are most likely to have a crazy dream your brain is also completing the process of you learning something new. So whether you dream about that YouTube video of the DIY kitchen renovation or the calculus problem, your brain is still processing that information for you.
It is important to remember that just because you remember your dreams does not mean that you're getting better sleep than someone who doesn't. Because, vivid dreams actually refer to dreams where you aren't able to really distinguish reality from dream, whereas in lucid dreams you understand that you're dreaming and you can even have control of the dream. Basically the best way to think about this is that when you are able to fully physically and mentally relax during sleep, especially if that means losing awareness of your surroundings and getting to sleep and I mean sleep, that's how you know you're doing well. As always and dreams aside, the most important thing here is to make sure that you are getting a good night's rest and that you can tell by how you feel and function after your snoozing.
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