Why Nightmares Might Actually Be Good For You


As a new video from New York Magazine, “The Good Side of Bad Dreams,” explains, some sleep researchers have proposed that bad dreams serve as a form of emotional release, allowing us to let go of the stresses and anxieties that plague us in our waking lives.

“The things that concern us most when we’re awake continue to mess with us when we’re asleep,” the video explains. “Your unconscious brain takes your abstract fears and turns them into stories in the form of nightmares.”

Here’s how it works: The nightmare essentially takes a fear and turns it into a memory. This is helpful, since memories are easier for the mind to cope with because it represents something that occurred in the past, than “vague anxieties about the world around us,” the video’s narrator says…

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