Lucid dreaming: Controlling the stories of sleep

On September 15, 2018, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,, , With No Comments

Have you ever started dreaming and suddenly realized that you were in a dream? Have you ever managed to gain control over your dream narrative? If your answer to these is “yes,” you’ve experienced what is called lucid dreaming. What is lucid dreaming, and how can you achieve it? Lucid…

Dreaming may keep dementia at bay

On August 24, 2017, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,, , With No Comments

A new study suggests that insufficient ‘dreaming sleep’ may increase the risk of dementia. According to new research, the rapid eye movement stage of sleep – which is when most of our dreaming occurs – may raise the risk of dementia if this phase is insufficiently entered. It is known…

A specific brain activity pattern for dreaming

On April 12, 2017, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,, , With No Comments

A specific pattern of activity changes within a particular brain region can indicate when a person experiences a dream during both rapid eye movement (REM) sleep and non-REM (NREM) sleep, reports a paper published online in Nature Neuroscience. The study challenges the current understanding of the pattern of brain…

Genes for dreaming, deep sleep identified in new study

On November 3, 2016, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,, , With No Comments

By analyzing the genes and brain activity of more than 8,000 mice, researchers have identified two genes that control deep sleep and dreaming, opening the door to new treatments for sleep disorders. Researchers have discovered two genes that control dreaming and deep sleep. In a study published in…

Scientists identify neural switch for dreaming

On October 16, 2015, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,, , With No Comments

What if dreams could be turned on or off with the flick of a switch? This possibility may be not be too far off, after researchers from the University of California-Berkeley say they may have uncovered a way to do just that. Researchers found that activating GABAergic neurons in the…