Night Owl or Nightmare Victim?

While you may relish the extra time you gain by staying up late, you may pay a steep price when your head finally hits the pillow. According to sleep experts, night owls are more likely than their early-bird counterparts to experience nightmares. While researchers are unsure of the reason why, confused cortisol levels could be the culprit. Your cortisol levels rise at a certain time every morning, and if you’re still asleep at that time, vivid dreams can occur.

Another interesting fact about dreams is that some people can control them to create out of body experiences. All jokes aside, these people are often avid video game players.

“If you’re spending hours a day in a virtual reality, if nothing else it’s practice,” said Jayne Gackenbach, a psychologist at Grant MacEwan University in Canada.”Gamers are used to controlling their game environments, so that can translate into dreams.”

The level of control can even turn a horrible nightmare into a care-free dream. Studies have suggested this type of control can help war veterans get over post traumatic stress disorders.

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