A Random, Chaotic Dream World
Dreams add some chaos to our mundane life, a form of random noise that contrasts with routine life in the daytime.
By creating a Bizarro version of the world around us, dreams help us gain a well-rounded and less simplistic understanding of it.
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We all have had weird dreams with laughable and bizarre scenarios that defy any kind of logic.
According to a new hypothesis, the random weirdness in dreams is there for a reason: to help us handle the unexpected in a better way, as life is unpredictable and always in flux.
During the 2020 pandemic, many people anecdotally reported surreal and more vivid dreams than usual.
Some theorize that the onset of vivid imagery is a result of changing sleep schedules. Others attribute this vividness to the emotional and physical chaos.
Nightmares are broadly defined as frightening dreams that result in some degree of awakening from sleep.
Nightmares themselves contribute to disrupted sleep not only by waking the sleeper but also because they can lead to fear of falling asleep and returning to a disturbing dream. According to research, nightmares may contribute to insomnia, daytime fatigue, depression, and anxiety.
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