The Effects Of Emotional Dreams On Human Health And Motivation

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When humans sleep, the brain is active at work. The average person dreams for about one hundred minutes per night, and spends approximately one-third of his or her life asleep. Although most dreams are brief, some can last for an hour or more (Dijk, 2010). Oftentimes, dreams take place in everyday settings and are usually unemotional. However, if emotional dreams occur, they tend to be negative, which accounts for about sixty-five percent of emotional dreams. Because dreams and sleep are vital to human health and motivation, it is imperative for individuals to be hitting the pillow at night. The content of emotional dreams are typically more negative rather than positive, and aggression is the most common negative behavior occurring in…show more content…
The REM stage may be ten minutes or an hour long, and breathing is shallow, eyes moving rapidly, muscles are relaxed and dreams vivid. Not every person’s dream is the same. Dreaming incorporates an array of emotions and events that are often bizarre (Breus, 2015). Emotions, mood swings, and impaired memory are related to a lack of sleep, and research suggests that when a person has a difficult time concentrating, short-term and long-term memories are affected. Researchers reveal, “without sleep, the brain is reverted back to original patterns of activity, unable to put emotional experiences into context and produce controlled, appropriate responses” (Warner, 2006). Dreams can be humorous, frightening, sad, and extraordinary. The main dream classifications are nightmares, night terrors, and lucid dreams. According to Dr. Michael J. Breus (2015), nightmares are defined as terrifying dreams that result in awakening from sleep. Most people rarely experience nightmares, which results from triggers such as stress and traumatic experiences, and can be side effects of some medications, drug and alcohol abuse, and illness. Nightmares can contribute to insomnia, daytime fatigue, depression, and anxiety. Nightmares and terrors often occur in childhood and take place during non-REM sleep. According to the American Psychological Association, a child experiencing nightmares appears “terrified and is inconsolable, with
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