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The 5 Most Typical Dreams

Being Chased

When author Patricia Garfield surveyed 500 people about their dreams, 80 per cent reported dreams of being chased or attacked. For kids, it's usually animals such as bears, while adults are often pursued by potential murderers, robbers or rapists.

Sexual Dreams

In a study of 1100 Canadian university student, 85 percent of men and 73 per cent of women said they'd had a sexual dream. Some fall into the repressed-idea category such as dreams of sleeping with a friend's spouse.

Falling

Falling off a cliff, out of bed, onto the footpath: Many people awaken with a jolt. According to Garfield, the natural release of the day's tension in a muscular jerk may partially explain falling dreams, but a feeling of being "let down" or having no emotional support may also play a role.

School Dreams

About 60 % of university students have anxiety-ridden dreams of sitting down to write an exam they never studied for. But adults have these nigh visions too; for most of us, the first time we feel tested is in school and that feeling stays with us.

Flying

The feeling is thought to come from our parents tossing us into the air when we are children. Happy, freeing times throughout our lives can bring euphoria-filled dreams.

Dream Bytes

  • Pain is rarely experienced in dreams,
  • We do dream in color. But because it's so hard to remember dreams, most people forget the fact.
  • Seventy to 80 per cent of a dream's content comes from the previous day, though the elderly often dream of events from their teens and 20s.
  • Men's dreams feature more males and physical aggression, and focus on success and failure.

Why Students Should Sleep More

This should come as welcome advice to anyone attempting an all-night study session - go to bed instead. New research by the University of Liege in Belgium suggests a good night's sleep after solid study enhances recall. Researchers asked volunteers to learn the layout of a virtual town adapted from a computer game. Brain scans of these volunteers during sleep afterwards showed higher activity in the hippocampus - one of the brain's learning centres - than in a control group who hadn't studied.

The researchers then tested the learners knowledge after the sleep session and found that there was a direct link between performance and the levels of brain activity during sleep. The results provide critical evidence that hippoeampal activity during sleep correlates with improvement in memory performance.

Cure For Sleep Apnoea: The Didgeridoo

If your partner's snoring keeps you awake at night, maybe it's time to buy a didgeridoo. Swiss researchers have found that playing the Aboriginal instrument for 25 minutes a day reduces snoring and daytime sleepiness for those with sleep apnoea, Experts said that the exercise that the upper airways get while playing the didgeridoo is the key to the improvement. "There have been reports that people who start singing benefit in a similar way." University of Surrey sleep expert Neil Stanley said. "However, most doctors would simple advise people to lose weight."
 

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