Sleep experts have identified multiple stages of sleep. During the first two stages of non-rapid eye movement (non-REM) sleep, you’re sleeping lightly and are easily awakened. The third stage of non-REM sleep is the deep, restorative sleep that your body needs to repair itself, grow a stronger immune system, and build bones and muscles. REM sleep doesn’t happen until about 90 minutes after you fall asleep. At first, you’ll get 10 minutes of REM sleep before going into non-REM sleep again.
As you continue to cycle through these stages, your REM sleep gets longer and longer. This is the stage in which you dream. By the time your alarm clock is ready to go off, you may be in the middle of a dream that would be about an hour long.
Sleep study researchers, psychologists and spiritual teachers alike promote the benefits of keeping a dream journal. However, if you’ve been tossing and turning on your old, uncomfortable mattress, you may have your REM sleep interrupted, which can have negative physical and mental side effects. Let the Sleep Specialists at Mattress World Northwest in Portland help you find the bed of your dreams so you can finally start that dream journal.
Here are three reasons to start writing down your dreams:
Interested in writing fiction? Want to finally put that artwork easel to good use? One way to let your creativity blossom is to keep a dream journal. If you’ve ever woken up from a dream in awe of what your subconscious brain has accomplished, then you already know how inspirational dreams can be. Keeping a dream journal lets you remember those flashes of inspiration, preserving them for later use. Not convinced that your dreams can help you write the next great American novel? Just ask a small-town writer you may have heard of—Stephen King—who has made a career out of his nightmares.
Despite all of society’s scientific advances, dreams are still pretty mysterious. Many people believe that dreams are your subconscious mind’s way of passing along insights. Even if you don’t subscribe to the idea that dreams contain hidden messages, yours might improve your self-awareness. A dream journal can let you detect patterns in your dreams, which gives you some clues as to what you’ve been brooding over lately.
It’s human nature to continually strive for self-improvement. If you’d like to work out your brain and improve your memory, keeping a dream journal is a good place to start. The key is consistency. Writing in your dream journal upon awakening every morning—even if you only write down “No dreams remembered”—will help you train your brain to retain memories.
Without a full night’s sleep, it’s impossible to enjoy long, vivid dreams. At Mattress World Northwest in Portland, we pride ourselves on selling premium mattresses at affordable prices, with special financing and free delivery available. And with our Comfort Guarantee, if you don’t love it, we’ll take it back and help you find a better bed. Stop by a mattress showroom near you today to try out the latest innovations in mattress technology.