Published On: Sat, Jan 23rd, 2016

4 Factors can influence your dreams


Sometimes we have beautiful dreams and sometimes we see horrible nightmares. Some expert says the nature of dream depend on the atmosphere you have at that time. Dreams are, in fact, your brain’s way of working through unresolved conflicts.

Here are some factors that can affect what comes up in your visions whilst you sleep.

Specific odors

Sweet smells lead to positively sweet dreams. Some research studies revealed that smelling flowers at a picky point in the sleep cycle direct to more positive dreams, whereas a strong sulphur smell was connected to negative ones. J Catesby Ware, who is a Chief of the Division of Sleep Medicine at Eastern Virginia Medical School, in Norfolk, Virginia, states that “Dreams are slept protective,” he further cited that “So instead of waking up, you incorporate those stimuli into your dream.”

Spicy food

Spicy foods and late night snacking cause indigestion and make you uncomfortable. Dr Ware tells that “The rule of thumb is that you need to wake up within five minutes of having a dream to recall it,” have dinner before two hours before going to bed and select nighttime snacks wisely. Caffeine also can affect your stomach so stop your coffee intake post 2 pm, as well.

Vitamin B6 overload

Deirdre Barrett, who is an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School in Boston, says that “B6 is the co-factor our body uses to turn some of the amino acids we eat into the neurotransmitters that affect our dreaming,”

Quitting smoking

Smoking also has affects on your dreaming habits. Some research studies illustrate that 63% of smokers still dreamed regarding smoking a year later. Nicotine withdrawal also boosts brain activity in a way that can make you dream more, tells Patrick McNamara, who is a Director of the Evolutionary Neurobehaviour Laboratory at the Boston University School of Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts.

About the Author

Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.