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Dreams and Your Heath

Is dreaming healthy? Can you control dreams? Test your knowledge with this quiz about the relationship between dreams and health.

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Question 1 of 20 Correct

What are dreams?

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The correct answer is: Our brains create dreams through random electrical activity. About every 90 minutes, the brain stem sends electrical impulses and the analytic portion of the brain tries to make sense of these signals.

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True or false: You should ignore most dreams.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Dreams are not meaningless. In fact, the way our brains choose to "analyze" the random and discontinuous images might tell us something about ourselves.

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Why are dreams important?

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The correct answer is: We can learn from our dreams. A dream represents the organization of thoughts and feelings that are collected throughout a day into a particular structure, which you can later access and learn from.

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What is lucid dreaming?

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The correct answer is: Lucid dreaming is about being able to control your dreams -- where your "dream self" obeys the waking mind's vision.

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What is a potential benefit of lucid dreaming?

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The correct answer is: Some researchers believe lucid dreams can help people in many ways, including developing creativity and coping with grief.

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True or false: An out-of-body experience (OBE) is the same as a lucid dream.

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The correct answer is: This is false. During an OBE, a person can see his or her physical body as if he or she is located somewhere outside it. In OBEs, people think everything is real, whereas in lucid dreams the dreamer knows he or she is dreaming.

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When do dreams happen?

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The correct answer is: Most dreams happen during the REM (rapid-eye movement) phase of sleep, the stage of sleep when our brains are most like a wakeful state.

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What happens in REM sleep?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. REM sleep -- the deep sleep where the most powerful dreaming occurs -- is also when a person can transfer information from short-term memory to long-term memory.

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How can you produce a lucid dream?

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The correct answer is: All of the above can help you have a lucid dream. The idea is to get into the habit of remembering your dreams and to begin seeing certain rhythms in how you dream. Once you are tuned into your process of dreaming, then you will become a better observer of the dreams you have.

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What part of the brain is responsible for lucid dreaming?

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The correct answer is: It is not yet clear what happens in the brain during lucid dreaming. Some experts speculate that the lateral prefrontal cortex, part of the brain that deals with logic, may be responsible.

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True or false: Exceptionally vivid dreams happen just before you wake up.

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The correct answer is: This is true. But it’s possible that you've been dreaming similar themes all night during the four or five phases of REM, and what you remember while waking up could be reflective of the night’s cumulative dream content.

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How many people suffer from frequent nightmares?

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The correct answer is: About 1 in 20 people suffer from frequent or chronic nightmares, defined as at least once a week.

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What causes nightmares?

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The correct answer is: All of the above can cause nightmares. Low income can also play a role: in one Chinese study, hose reporting the lowest incomes were 2.3 times more likely to have three or more nightmares a week compared to the more affluent.

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How can you prevent nightmares?

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The correct answer is: Eating just before going to bed revs up the metabolism and increases brain activity, which can cause less-than-ideal dreams. Also, don't watch TV past your bedtime, as a lack of sleep can increase the risk of nightmares.

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True or false: Daydreaming is good for you.

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The correct answer is: This is true. By stirring up the part of your brain that handles imagination, you keep your brain running outside of its normal thought process, which helps your cognitive function at the highest levels.

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True or false: Daydreaming can make you smarter.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Daydreaming can increase social and emotional intelligence. Through dreams we can release troublesome emotions safely. And in our imagination we can rehearse social interactions, leading to greater intimacy and more mature relationships.

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Nightmares can lead to which of these health problems?

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The correct answer is: Nightmares can have health consequences such as insomnia, fatigue, headaches, depression and anxiety.

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What does it mean if you dream about losing your teeth?

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The correct answer is: Dreaming about losing your teeth is one of the more common stress dreams reported in dream literature.

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True or false: Some kinds of dreams may signal whether you are at risk for Parkinson's disease.

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The correct answer is: This is true. According to some studies, people who have vivid, violent dreams due to an REM sleep disorder -- compelling them to talk, punch, kick, scream and even jump out of bed -- could have an increased risk of developing Parkinson's. This highly active dreaming can appear up to eight years before the onset of other symptoms of Parkinson’s, giving researchers a chance to help patients before the disease becomes too severe.

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What hormone in pregnant women could be affecting the intensity of your dreams?

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The correct answer is: Many pregnant women report that their dreams become extremely vivid -- even nightmarish. This vividness may result from their extreme range of emotions, disrupted sleep patterns and the prevalence of the hormone oxytocin.

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