We’ve started to uncover the true purpose of dreams | Innovation

For the first time, researchers have got evidence that dreams help soothe the impact of emotional events in our lives, acting like overnight therapy

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Manipulating dreams could help us come to terms with trauma

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DREAMING really does help us process our memories and come to terms with our daily lives. That might sound uncontroversial but we have never had clear evidence that this is the case – until now. The finding raises the prospect of hacking our dreams to boost learning, memory and emotional well-being.

Mark Blagrove at Swansea University in the UK and his colleagues have found that the emotional strength of the experiences we have when we are awake is linked to the content of our …

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