Life Is But a Dream: 5 Articles on the Science of Dreams

Sleeping well is an integral part of living a healthy life. And what do those symbolic, nonsensical and intense visual stories that play through our minds while we're unconscious really mean? That special occurrence arising while we sleep, a dream, is more important than we realize.

Want the scoop on dreamland? Check out these articles from CPL's Online Resources.

"Your Elusive Dreams"
North & South, September 2018
A brief summary of recent research proves that science has only just begun to understand the significance of dreams.

"Lucid Dreaming" by Elli Jacobs
Good Health Magazine, November 2018
Lucid dreaming is the act of becoming aware of dreaming while within the dream state. Lucid dreamers and doctors share their opinions on the benefits of tapping into this fascinating skill. 

"Dreams Act as Overnight Therapy" by Rowan Hooper
New Scientist, July 21, 2018
A recent study proves that people who have extraordinary life experiences have more potent dreams, finally providing the official scientific data to back up the theory that dreams help us process our waking life.

"Nightmares from the Fringe" by Rowan Hooper
New Scientist, July 14, 2018
Is there a significant divide between scientists and non-scientists regarding dreams? Prescient notes from the 35th Annual International Dream Conference in Phoenix further explores this dichotomy. 

"Sleep on it: How Your Brain Organizes Memories and New Information Overnight"
Mind, Mood & Memory, June 2018
The common phrase Sleep on it, usually given as advice to a person under stress, has - not some - but a lot, of validity. 

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