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Why Do I Dream More?

December 10, 2015


Why Do I Dream More?

Why Am I Dreaming More? A question that sleep specialists are often asked, but despite all of the sleep research done by doctors dreaming and why we do it still seems to be a mystery. That said, dreams are a healthy part of a good night’s sleep and unless they can be classified as night terrors, you literally just need to lie back, enjoy them and let nature takes its course.

What Are Dreams and why do I Remember Some of Them?

During the sleep process, people will all cycle through multiple non-REM (rapid eye movement) as well as REM cycles. These sleep cycles are a VERY important part of getting a good night’s sleep and dreams occur at the end of each different cycle. The individual dreams that a person remembers are usually (but not always) the ones during which they wake up. In fact, people who sleep extremely deeply almost always never remember their dreams. However there are a few external factors that can affect this, including:

  • Stress 
  • Alcohol Use
  • Tobacco Use
  • Certain Drugs and Medication
  • Uncomfortable Beds and Mattresses

There are also specific sleep disorders that can influence the dreaming process and how it is remembered (if at all). This includes sleep apnoea because this disorder causes micro-awakenings throughout the night, which in turn will allow a person to remember more of what they dream.

Is there Anything Wrong with Remembering Dreams?

Not if this is something that only happens from time to time. However, if remembering your dreams becomes a regular occurrence it is important to discuss dream recall with a doctor. This needs to be done to rule out the possibility of a sleep disorder. If no disorder is found then possibly it can be due to the environment in which a person sleeps. Is the pillow correct, is the room too hot or too cold, or is a new bed needed? These will be questions that need to be asked and addressed if one is to ensure that a healthy night’s sleep is achieved time and time again.

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