Nightmares and Things That Go Bump In The Night

Nightmares and Things That Go Bump In The Night

Exploring the scary side of sleep and dreaming I’m a sleep expert—but that doesn’t mean I’m immune from nightmares. Like most people, I have the occasional bad dream or nightmare (we’ll look at the difference between the two in just a minute), the kind of dream that...
What do you know about your dreams?

What do you know about your dreams?

Answers to the most asked questions about dreaming As a sleep specialist, not a day goes by that I’m not talking to someone about their dreams. My patients, my kids, the guy who sells me my morning coffee—EVERYONE wants to know, “What do my dreams mean?” We’re all...
Observing the damaged brain for clues about dreaming

Observing the damaged brain for clues about dreaming

Even with pretty amazing technology at our disposal, dreams—their function, their purpose—remain relatively little understood. The study of dreams through brain accidents, abnormalities, and disease will likely continue to be a source of new details that enrich our knowledge of this most mysterious aspect of life.

What’s in a dream?

What’s in a dream?

Not all dreaming is the same. Dreaming runs the gamut of human experience (and sometimes beyond), incorporating a dizzying range of emotions and events, often with elements of the bizarre. Dreams can be funny, frightening, sad and strange. Flying dreams can be euphoric, chasing dreams can be terrifying, forgot-to-study-for-my-exam dreams can be stressful.

Our Dreaming World

Our Dreaming World

In this 3-part series, we’ll explore the world of dreams, looking at the latest science has to say about why we might dream, and the mechanics of dreaming in the brain. We’ll examine the content of dreams, and how dreams may both reflect and influence waking life. We’ll look at disorders related to dreaming, and how health conditions and some medication can disrupt dreams.

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