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Experience nightmares? Congratulations, you are more creative, says science!

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According to a journal-entry by Mary Shelly, haunting tendency of her nightmares derived her to write a book. She said, “When I placed my head upon the pillow I did not sleep, nor could I be said to think. My imagination, unbidden, possessed and guided me, gifting the successive images that arose in my mind with a vividness far beyond the usual bounds of reverie.” Are you also one of those who often experience nightmares? If your answer is yes, then your scary dreams are indicating towards an important aspect of your personality. According to science, people who see nightmares during sleep are more creative than those who are happy dreamers.

THE STUDY: A study was conducted by researchers where they asked nightmare sufferers and happy dreamers to respond to certain emotionally charged words. The researchers also believe that people with creative minds don’t follow common thinking pattern. In the study, they found out that those who suffered nightmares made more creative associations with these words. On the other hand, happy dreamers reacted with common words like ‘joy’ for ‘happy’ and ‘mad’ for ‘angry’. Bad-dreamers responded differently. For ‘angry’ they used words like ‘red’ and 'face'.

THE LINK BETWEEN NIGHTMARES AND CREATIVITY: First of all, know that what we imply by nightmares are not terror dreams where you are being chased by a lion or falling into an endless abyss. Nightmares are vivid, intense and mostly, imaginative. It should be noted that vivid dreams are not bad. It’s just when you’re stressed, these vivid dreams turn negative. It is also believed that the frequency of nightmares fuel creativity.

HOW EXACTLY DOES IT HAPPEN? Researchers are of the opinion that when you frequently experience nightmares, you derive artistic and creative ideas from them. Nightmares tend to haunt you and remain in your memory for a longer duration. This helps a nightmare sufferer to remember it and create artistic and imaginative ideas out of them.

ARTISTIC VIEW AND EMPATHY: It was also revealed that nightmare sufferers are more empathetic. They are more sensitive to people and their surroundings. This also indicates that a high empathy level in people who suffer nightmares plays a great role in boosting their creativity.

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Brain Activity and Good Diet May Prevent Insomnia-Related Depression

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While lack of sleep is a major risk factor for depression, not everyone who tosses and turns at night becomes depressed. According to a study, individuals whose brains are more attuned to rewards may be protected from the negative mental health effects of poor sleep. The findings revealed that students with poor quality sleep were less likely to have symptoms of depression if they also had higher activity in a reward-sensitive region of the brain."This helps us begin to understand why some people are more likely to experience depression when they have problems with sleep," said Ahmad Hariri, Professor at the Duke University in North Carolina, US. "This finding may one day help us identify individuals for whom sleep hygiene may be more effective or more important," Hariri added.

For the study, appearing in The Journal of Neuroscience, the team examined a region deep within the brain called the ventral striatum in 1,129 college students. Ventral striatum helps regulate behaviour in response to an external feedback as well as reinforce behaviours that are rewarded, while reducing behaviours that are not. The results showed that those who were less susceptible to the effects of poor sleep showed significantly higher brain activity in response to positive feedback or reward compared to negative feedback.

"Poor sleep is not good, but you may have other experiences during your life that are positive. And the more responsive you are to those positive experiences, the less vulnerable you may be to the depressive effects of poor sleep," Hariri said.
So it comes back to the same point that health experts have been stating for years - the importance of leading a balanced and healthy lifestyle with proper sleep and good diet. One's diet can also work wonders in boosting mental health and providing sound sleep. A healthy diet can prevent many ailments such as the risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and some types of cancer. The regular consumption of fruits and vegetables particularly are also beneficial for our mental health. A research study done by the Department of Psychology at University of Otago in New Zealand found that increasing fruit and vegetable consumption may improve psychological well-being in as little as 2 weeks.

The team found that young adults who were given extra fruits and vegetables each day for 14 days experienced a boost in motivation and vitality. According to leading health experts, a healthy diet should constitute of two cups of fruits and about three cups of vegetables daily.

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Causes of Sleep Problems

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Sleep problems can be caused by various factors. Although causes may differ, the end result of all sleep disorders is that the body's natural cycle of slumber and daytime wakefulness is disrupted or exaggerated.

Factors that can cause sleep problems iclude:
• Physical disturbances (for example, pain from ulcers)
• Medical issues (for example, asthma)
• Psychiatric disorders (for example, depression and anxiety disorders)
• Environmental issues (for example, alcohol use)

Short-term or acute insomnia can be caused by life stresses (such as job loss or change, death of a loved one, or moving), illness, or environmental factors, such as light, noise, or extreme temperatures.

Long-term or chronic insomnia (insomnia that occurs at least three nights a week for a month or longer) can be caused by factors such as depression, chronic stress, and pain or discomfort at night.

Other factors that can interfere with sleep include:

• Genetics: Researchers have found a genetic basis for narcolepsy, a neurological disorder of sleep regulation that affects the control of sleep and wakefulness.

• Night shift work: People who work at night often experience sleep disorders, because they cannot sleep when they start to feel drowsy. Their activities run contrary to their biological clocks.

• Medications: Many drugs can interfere with sleep, such as certain antidepressants, blood pressuremedication, and over-the-counter cold medicine.

• Aging: About half of all adults over the age of 65 have some sort of sleep disorder. It is not clear if it is a normal part of aging or a result of medications that older people commonly use.

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Tips for Falling Asleep faster

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- Exercise daily
- Don't eat too late
- Fix the time-slot for sleeping and FOLLOW IT
- Focus on Deep Breathing for few minutes
- Avoid using Mobile phone & Laptop and watching TV, a half or one hour before sleeping
- Use Sleep masks
- Don't drink Caffeine at evening; Try to avoid it after 3PM, if possible.
- Listen relaxing Music at low volume

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