Everybody dreams, but not everybody remembers their dreams.
Often, the moment we wake our minds quickly crowd with things we need to do, and our unconscious forays evaporate like steam on noodles.
But occasionally you’ll have very vivid, lifelike dreams that stay with you for a long time.
Are these dreams as profound as they feel? Scientists have finally confirmed what we’ve always known: Yes, yes they are!
Dream experts – and there are many – have long theorised that dreams can help solve problems, refresh or reinforce memories, and teach us through symbolism (falcons mean ambition, right?!).
These sometimes useful, sometimes bizarre connections between your waking life and your dreams aren’t, however, just the stuff of psychics and pseudoscience.
A recent research study titled “Peace of mind and anxiety in the waking state are related to the affective content of dreams” explored the connection between your waking state and your dreams.
The study featured 44 participants who kept a daily dream diary for 21 days. It showed that people who suffer from anxiety are more likely to experience negative states in their dreams. On the other hand, people who predominantly experience peace of mind or happiness when awake tend to enjoy more positive states in their dreams.
Since dreams are subjective and reporting is also coloured by the participant’s thoughts, moods, memory of the dream and other things, the study is not without limitations.
What is clear, however, is that positive emotions and thoughts can help us feel better not only in our waking hours but also in our sleep.
Pay attention to your dreams: They can tell you more about your mental health than you realise.