Dreams and Nightmares by Kendall Farrington-Rhodes

Just recently, I’ve been having some very interesting dreams. Dreams that sometimes make me happy, make me sad, angry, or all of the above. One thing I’ve always been interested in is if and how these dreams can affect your reality. I decided to do some research. According to the National Sleep Foundation, the scary images you see when you’re having a nightmare can affect your mood and behavior the next day. Also, it is unclear whether or not good sleep equates to good dreams and is often compared to the “chicken-egg” scenario. Lastly, what’s happening in your dreams can very well be a reflection of your reality. The National Sleep Foundation also stated, “Dream content often relates back to what’s happening in your waking life. If you’re experiencing low stress and plenty of satisfaction in your day-to-day life, you may have more positive dreams.  By contrast, if you’re depressed or anxious during the day, you may have more unpleasant dreams and compromised sleep quality at night.” The good news is that though you can not control your dreams directly, you can work on improving your state of mind during the day.

Source: https://www.sleepfoundation.org/articles/do-dreams-affect-how-well-you-sleep

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Kendall Farrington-Rhodes