|Professor Richard Wiseman.|
Photo credit Brian Fischbacher
|The Dream:ON app developed with www.yuza.com|
The study sought to determine whether or not a person’s dream could be influenced by listening to carefully designed soundscapes whilst they slept. Each soundscape was designed to evoke a pleasant scenario, such as a walk in the woods, or lying on a beach. Participants used the app to choose a soundscape to listen to whilst asleep, and afterwards the app would sound a gentle alarm to prompt the person to submit a description of their dream.
Results showed that if someone chose the nature soundscape then they were more likely to have a dream about greenery and flowers. In contrast, if they selected the beach soundscape then they were more like to dream about the sun beating down on their skin. The study also indicated that certain soundscapes produced far more pleasant dreams. In addition, the researchers discovered that the results also showed that participants’ dreams became especially bizarre around the time of the full moon.
|Professor Wiseman's Book: Night School|
A sweet dream is thought to help people wake-up in a good mood, and as a result boost their productivity during the day. Professor Wiseman’s research may also form the basis of a new type of therapy to help those suffering from certain psychological problems, such as depression.
The findings are described in Professor Wiseman’s book on sleep and dreaming, Night
School. The Dream:ON app and all of the soundscapes are currently available free of charge.
What is your own experience of dreams? Do you think you can create your perfect dream and wake up happy and refreshed?