Having a bad dream? It just might be good for you.


Ever since I was a kid, I have always been fascinated by dreams. Why do we have them? Are they useful? Can we learn anything from them?

What about bad dreams? Pretty terrifying and real aren’t they? Waking up in an anxious cold sweat isn’t a pleasant experience!

There’s an interesting article that talks about bad dreams. The author, Ben Healy in his article “Bad Dreams Are Good – Your Night Life Prepares You For What’s to Come”, proposes bad dreams can be…good.

According to Healy, bad dreams help us:

  1. Process our daily emotions and fears.
  2. Consolidate & manage memories.
  3. Help our biological/neuron activity in our bodies and brains.
  4. Rehearse life threatening situations so we’re better prepared for them.

In addition to this, Dr. Freud thought dreams (including nightmares) were so important to the human psyche and mental health that he dedicated an entire book to them (“The Interpretation of dreams” originally published in 1899). It’s a fascinating read – if you need help falling asleep! (Just kidding, Dr. Freud).

Anyway – writing this blog is making me sleepy…

Goodnight….sleep tight….don’t let the bed bugs….(well – I’ll stop there. I don’t want you to have any bad dreams)…



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Article link:

“Bad Dreams Are Good – Your Night LIfe Prepares You For What’s to Come” by Ben Healy

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