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Vivid Dreams Improve Your Memories

People who enjoy a dream-filled sleep are better at recalling information when they wake. However, a shallow nap does not offer this mental boost.

An average night’s sleep includes four or five sessions of REM (dreaming) sleep, but these bursts tend to be lengthier towards the end of the night. This means that adults who get less than the recommended seven to eight hours of sleep a night may be damaging their mind’s ability to form strong memories.

The Telegraph reports:

“Dr. Sara Mednick, a sleep researcher at the University of California in San Diego ... believes that the formation of connections between previously unassociated information in the brain — which leads to creative problem-solving — is encouraged by neurological changes which occur during REM sleep.”

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