Positive Sounds During REM Sleep May Help Nightmares
For people with clinically diagnosed "nightmare disorder," learning to redirect disturbing dreams to more positive ones is usually the return ticket to sleep. But for nearly one-third of people, that method — called imagery rehearsal therapy — isn't effective. A new study shows that listening to positive sounds while sleeping reduces the frequency of nightmares.
@rajashree For the new research, nightmares were defined as "the experience of strong negative emotions occurring usually during rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. They involve images and thoughts of aggression, interpersonal conflict, and failure, and emotions like fear, anger, and sadness." Nightmare disorder is characterized as having such dreams so frequently that they cause "significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning."