Did You Know About the Lack of Dreaming Epidemic?

Lacking of dreaming? Really?!? Now that is a new one. Usually sleeping experts are harping about people not getting enough sleep – never hear of dream deprivation before.

The ancient Egyptians always looked at dreams to predict the future. Today we have been told that our dreams are telling us in a subtle way many secret things, about ourselves and our psychology. However, experts are now telling us that we need dreams for our overall mental health. The fact is that sHoleeping helps our brains get re-organized and even to clean itself. Experts have told us that if we get a good night’s sleep right after we learn a brand new skill, then we will become ten 10 times better at doing it, and this comes from a Harvard Medical School study.

The Benefits of Dreaming

We have also discovered through research that our Dreams help process emotions and hold on to our memories. Our brain is what will separate these memories from any emotions that we have associated to them, and this is done while we are sleeping. Thus, all our emotions get processed throughout a particular sleep phase. If they are not processed in a proper manner, then we would probably experience an increase in anxiety. A huge correlation exists between mood disorders and sleep deprivation; this is specifically true when pertaining to anxiety and depression.  

The fact is that the body will cycle through five different phase of sleep during the night, and rapid eye movement (REM) is the last and deepest of these phases. We typically experience this phase either late in the night or during early mornings. This phase is characterized by rapid breathing, eyes fluttering under eyelids, and also a strong inability to move.

When Dreams Should Occur

Dreaming takes place occurs during both non-REM sleep and our REM sleep. We experience much more brain activity during this REM phase, however. And this is the phase when the most vivid dreams occur. It is desirable that we get two solid hours of REM sleep each night on average; this is in accordance with the National Sleep Foundation.

A report from the CDC has found that our sleep deprivation is so bad; it is now consider a public health problem. The report indicates that almost 30% of adults receive only six hours or less of sleep every night, on average. And adults need around 7-8 hours of sleep every night.

While this new study conducted by a sleep and dreaming scientist has reached a similar conclusion, it is actually more worrisome in some ways. Most us never think about dreaming as something that is associated with our health. But the fact is that they are. And experts are very concerned by our lack of them.

“We are at least as dream-deprived as we are sleep-deprived.” claims Rubin Naiman, PhD author of this new report. Dr. Naiman is a clinical assistant professor of medicine from the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine. Dr. Naiman concludes that REM sleep is vital to overall health. In his report, he considered our existing situation as a “silent epidemic of REM sleep deprivation.”

These findings, which were published in the popular journal, Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, is a comprehensive evaluation of all existing data. This report discusses the reasons for the lack of dreaming and REM sleep. “Many of our health concerns attributed to sleep loss actually result from REM sleep deprivation,” he states.