Dreaming takes the sting out of painful memories, research shows.
Article Type: Brief article
Subject: Coping (Psychology) (Social aspects)
Dreams (Health aspects)
Pub Date: 03/22/2012
Publication: Name: Annals of the American Psychotherapy Association Publisher: American Psychotherapy Association Audience: Academic; Professional Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Psychology and mental health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2012 American Psychotherapy Association ISSN: 1535-4075
Issue: Date: Spring, 2012 Source Volume: 15 Source Issue: 1
Topic: Event Code: 290 Public affairs
Geographic: Geographic Scope: United States Geographic Code: 1USA United States
Accession Number: 282741107
Full Text: They say time heals all wounds, and new research from the University of California, Berkeley indicates that time spent in dream sleep can help us overcome painful ordeals.

UC Berkeley researchers have found that during the dream phase of sleep, also known as REM sleep, our stress chemistry shuts down and the brain processes emotional experiences and takes the edge off of difficult memories.

These findings offer a compelling explanation as to why people with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) such as war veterans, have a hard time recovering from distressing experiences and suffer recurring nightmares. They a so offer clues into why we dream.

University of California--Berkeley (2011, November 23). Dreaming takes the sting out of painful memories research shows. ScienceDaily. Retrieved January 5, 2012, from http://www.sciencedaily.com/ releases/2011/11/111123133346.htm
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