DREAM SCIENCE: How Dreams Help Us with Robert Stickgold, Ph.D.

How Do Your Dreams Help You?

Harvard researcher Dr. Robert Stickgold says your sleeping brain is busy weaving together bits of memory like the elves who diligently sewed shoes for the shoemaker as he slept in the old fairy tale “The Elves and the Shoemaker.” 


Stickgold’s research reveals that as you sleep your brain goes to work consolidating your daily input with bits of memory in your brain’s vast data bank. This research indicates that the sleeping mind synthesizes immense amounts of information to extract general meaning that is useful to you. 

Time spent dreaming increases your ability to creatively connect the dots and solve problems that are important to you. Stickgold’s findings suggest that it’s actually your dream life that does this important work of consolidating vast amounts of mental data and stitching it all together similar to the shoemaker’s elves dilgently at work with their nightly task.

Video approximately 18 mins.

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