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Analysis and analysis of your dreams are the keys to getting better sleep, according to new research from Harvard Medical School.
Researchers found that people who analyze their dreams at least once a week were significantly less likely to have daytime sleepiness or other daytime sleep disorders, and less likely than those who do not to experience daytime sleep loss.
They also found that those who have had a dream in the past year were more likely to experience sleep-related daytime sleep disturbances, compared to those who did not.
“Our findings suggest that it’s not just dreaming that matters, but also how you are waking up,” said lead author Robert P. Seltzer, an assistant professor in the department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences.
“Sleep-related sleepiness is associated with daytime sleep disruption and daytime sleep restriction.
If you are having a nightmare, waking up is the best thing you can do,” Seltzzer said.”
These findings add to a growing body of evidence that dreaming may affect sleep.”
The study, which was published in the journal Sleep, looked at a sample of 713 adults and children, ages 8 to 23, and found that, overall, the people who had had a dreaming dream in their past year had lower odds of daytime sleep disturbance than those without dreams.
However, the study did not look specifically at the reasons people had had dreams in the first place, which would have given a clearer picture of how dreaming influences sleep.
“What we did see was that people with dreams were less likely for their dreams to interfere with their sleep,” Sotterman said.
In particular, the participants who had a nightmare in the previous month were more than twice as likely to be sleep deprived than those with no dreams.
“The fact that people are less likely in the short term to wake up in the morning with daytime disruption is a very interesting finding,” Siegelman said in a statement.
“If you’re having a dream and you’re waking up in a bed, you can rest assured that you’re dreaming.”
According to Seltzing, a lot of the research about the link between dreaming and sleep has focused on the importance of dreaming in getting the most out of your sleep.
However he noted that dreaming does not have to be an ongoing habit to benefit from sleep.
“There are times when people want to wake and wake up and then sleep, or they just want to relax and get some rest,” he said.
Sottermann and Seltzman said that while this study may be a “wake-up call” to people who are dreaming, it may not be a reason to start worrying too much about waking up.
“You can get some sleep if you wake up with some regularity and you feel well enough,” Sittezer said in an interview with CNN.
“I think there are some people who have problems in the daytime, but I think that you can get enough sleep and it’s going to be the right decision for you,” he added.