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Are Your Dreams Making You Smarter?

Are Your Dreams Making You Smarter?

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Are Your Dreams Making You Smarter?

Are Your Dreams Making You Smarter?

Researchers now believe that if you dream about what you’ve learned during your waking hours, you’re far more likely to retain that information.

I t’s been widely accepted that dreaming plays an important role in helping us understand our world, but it’s becoming increasingly evident that it actually helps shape and retain what we’re learning as well. .

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What Are Dreams, Anyway?

What Are Dreams, Anyway?

Older research shows that the brain wants to make sense of what it has seen and experienced throughout the day, and so, when you’re sleeping, it digs into that vat of information and starts processing it. 

There’s a growing body of research that specifically sets out to prove that your brain actually actively works through problems, pulling out new insights and solutions from the far reaches of your mind. It explains why many people who hear tapes while they drift off to sleep, even though they’re not actively listening, still find that the information gets into their minds.

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Lucid Dreaming

Lucid Dreaming

Lucid dreaming is defined as being in a dream state but remaining conscious of it at the same time; you know it’s a dream, you know you’re in it, and you can control what you do. 

Lucid dreaming happens during REM sleep, and studies have shown that the activation patterns in the brain during REM are similar to those of wake consciousness and self-awareness. Research shows that when lucid dreamers have been asked to perform certain movements, such as clenching their fists, they’ve found electromyographic activity in the corresponding body parts.

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