Emotions can be manipulated through sound to unconsciously change a nightmare into a dream, according to psychiatrists at the Sleep Laboratory of the Geneva University Hospitals and the University of Geneva, Switzerland.
What to know:
People can reshape negative storylines into more positive ones as they sleep by introducing certain sounds that can help a person to mold their nightmare into a dream.
People should be able to stop nightmares by rehearsing a positive version of the unpleasant dream over and over in their heads with something called imagery rehearsal therapy.
During a sound imagination exercise, dreamers completing imagery rehearsal therapy while wearing headbands that transmitted the sound saw a drop in nightmare frequency that lasted for 3 months beyond the study.
Dreamers who received the combination of imagery and sound treatment saw a drop in nightmare frequency that lasted for 3 months beyond the study and even began to experience more joyous dreams in lieu of their nightmares.
Manipulating emotions in dreams can reduce the number of emotionally very strong and very negative dreams in patients suffering from nightmares.
This is a summary of the article, "Enhancing imagery rehearsal therapy for nightmares with targeted memory reactivation," published by Current Biology on October 27, 2022. The full article can be found on cell.com.
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