Here are some things around you that can be triggers that affect the types of dreams that occur while you sleep:
1. Sleeping position
A study from Hong Kong found that sleeping on your stomach can increase the likelihood that you will experience dreams that are related to sexual or related to matters of torture and death. When sleeping in a prone position, many people will experience dreams related to sexual things or even dream about torment until they want to die. This makes sense because when sleeping on your stomach, your genital area and your stomach are directly touching the bed. This is what allows you to dream of something that smells sexual or even can’t breathe. Because the position of your stomach is pressed so that it is as if you are being tortured to death. Scientists who research have also revealed that the best way to remember dreams is to maintain that position until you wake up later. The same sleep position will trigger you to remember dreams well or even experience the same dream.
2. Drugs And Vitamins
It turns out that the drugs and vitamins you consume can also have an effect on dreams. Taking too much medication, for example, can affect REM sleep and make you a little ‘crazy’. Not only that, the drugs and vitamins you drink can also help you remember dreams. One of the vitamins that is believed to help you remember the dreams you have is vitamin B6.
3. Quit the Habit
If you are trying to quit your bad habits such as consuming alcohol and cigarettes, this can also affect dreams. Most people will tend to dream about the things they are currently avoiding. So when you are trying to stop your habit of smoking, don’t be surprised if the thing that will be present in your dream is cigarettes. That’s because people who are trying to break a bad habit are likely to have frequent dreams about the habit, even after 30 years, according to experts.
In a study conducted by experts in Germany in 2008 found that smells can also affect a person’s dreams, especially when the smell appears when they are in REM sleep. Pleasant smells like rose fragrances, perfumes and other fragrances tend to trigger pleasant and pleasant dreams. Meanwhile, bad smells such as the smell of socks and foul smell will trigger unpleasant dreams. This is because the limbic system in the brain controls the ability of the sense of smell which is also associated with active emotions during sleep.
The sound received by nerve cells during sleep can also affect what happens in dreams. It could be that the sound of nature outside transforms into a whistling sound or a fire alarm sound in your dream. Research has even shown that certain sounds can give different nuances in dreams. For example, like playing your favorite song to have a pleasant dream, but if you want to sleep more soundly, it’s better to eliminate all types of sounds in bed.
Those are some things that can affect dreams while you sleep. So in essence, not all dreams are hints or just rambling behavior. It could be that all the dreams that you experience occur because they are influenced by the surrounding environment that is included in your dreams through the five senses that are still active.