You Will Need
- REM sleep
Know the role of REM
Know that most dreaming takes place in a stage of sleep characterized by rapid eye movement, or REM. In this state, brain activity resembles that of waking life, but muscles remain slack.
Understand that if you are deprived of REM sleep one night, you make it up -- and dream more -- the next. This is known as REM rebound.
Know about drugs and medications
Know that alcohol and nicotine use decrease REM sleep. Stopping use of alcohol and nicotine leads to a REM rebound -- and more dreams.
Be aware of risks
Realize that dream intensity increases after a period of sleep deprivation. But be aware that sleep deprivation causes diminished productivity, tendency to make mistakes, irritability, and fatigue during the day. Pleasant dreams!