Sleep Comfort and Your Dreams

by | May 9, 2022 | Sleeping Science

At Henwood, we care about your sleep and rest. Have you ever wondered why we dream?


Does comfort impact your dreams?

Dreams are the essence of a restful sleep. Restful sleep is linked to the level of comfort you feel when sleeping. A comfortable mattress and sleep position heightens your chances of dreaming.

Vivid Dreams

Vivid dreams can occur when your lifestyle patterns have been disrupted.

This can be basic changes such as a new job, exercise routine or even changing your diet.

Is dreaming good for you? Is it necessary to our brain functioning and health?

Why is dreaming good for you?

Dreams Spur Creativity

Dreaming has a purpose to help us solve problems. In this creativity theory of dreaming, the unconstrained, unconscious mind is free to wander its limitless potential while unburdened by the often stifling realities of the conscious world. In fact, research has shown dreaming to be an effective promoter of creative thinking.

Dreams Reflect Your Life

Dreams function as a reflection of a person’s real life, incorporating conscious experiences into their dreams. Rather than a straight forward replay of waking life, dreams show up as a patchwork of memory fragments.

Dreams process Information

Circuits in the brain become activated during REM sleep, which triggers the amygdala and hippocampus to create an array of electrical impulses. This results in a compilation of random thoughts, images, and memories that appear while dreaming.

Dreams Aid Memory

Sleep allows us to consolidate and process all of the information and memories that we have collected during the previous day. Some dream experts suggest that dreaming is a by-product, or even an active part, of the experience processing and categorising.

Do sleep positions affect your dreams?

Studies show that sleep positions do in fact affect your dreams

For instance, sleeping on your left side increases your chance of having nightmares whereas sleeping on your right hand side is associated with better rest and therefore better dreams.

Sleeping on your stomach is related to dreams where you feel “suffocated” or having more intimate dreams.

The way you sleep can be the cause of certain kinds of dreams. We break down a few common sleep positions and what kind of dreams are related to them.