New research suggests that dreaming may actually be a dream rule that can help guide the way we act in the world.
It could help us find and fix problems in our lives that were previously thought to be beyond our control.
The findings could help explain the rise of the so-called dream killer, and how our minds can adapt to our surroundings in the way they normally would.
Researchers at the University of Nottingham in the UK found that when the scientists measured the brainwaves of the people who were dreaming, they found that they were using a “dream-like state” during the moment they were dreaming.
The dream-like states were similar to the kinds of states that people commonly experience in dreams.
For example, people who have experienced lucid dreaming may experience an awareness of a dream that was in the past, or that was just a dream.
However, it is unknown how the brain uses this awareness of the past to trigger the same kinds of dreaming that are experienced in dreams, or how the same kind of awareness can be used to trigger different kinds of dreams.
So far, the research has focused on the use of brainwaves to measure the “mind’s” activity during the dream state, and not the dreamer’s awareness of what was happening in the dream.
However, it could help researchers understand how the mind works during the “dreaming” state.
“We wanted to see if this is possible in the brain in the same way as a person is waking up from a dream,” said Dr Michael Fauci, lead author of the paper and a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for Neuroscience and the Behavioural Sciences at Nottingham Trent University.
The study found that brainwave patterns during dream sleep were similar, and it also revealed that these patterns were not specific to the dreaming state, but rather correlated with the same brainwaves that are commonly used to record brainwave states during waking consciousness.
“Dreams are usually considered to be ‘dream-free’ and you are dreaming normally, but when you are in a dream, you are also using some of the same neural activity that we usually use to control waking consciousness,” said Professor Michael Fazio, a co-author and research fellow at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience at Nottingham.
“This means that if we can get a more detailed view of how the dreaming brain uses the same activity that is used in waking consciousness, we could then develop more effective ways of monitoring the dreaming process.”
The research was published in the journal Neuropsychologia.______This work was supported by the Medical Research Council (grant number: DA022093).______Contact the reporters:Paula Smith, media manager, University of Northampton, 020 7567 0404, [email protected]