Will the clocks changing affect my dreams?

Will the clocks changing affect my dreams?

The autumn and winter months bring with them dark mornings and the often overwhelming urge to hit the snooze button – and with the clocks changing this weekend, many of us will probably be tempted to grab ourselves an extra hour of sleep on Sunday.

However, Silentnight’s sleep expert Dr Nerina Ramlakhan is urging people to resist the temptation – and instead get up and be productive, in a bid to keep weird dreams at bay.

Does more sleep affect my dreams?

When it comes to dreams, Dr Nerina believes they can become more unusual, and also easier to remember, the longer we stay in bed – and given that recent research by Silentnight revealed nearly half of Brits admit they are so influenced by their dreams, they let them affect their mood the following day, she is advising that we get up and stay active instead.

Dr Nerina believes that it’s common for people to wake up feeling out of sorts after a night of dreaming, and this is particularly heightened when the clocks change.

She said: “The clocks change affects everyone differently, as we all have our own unique relationship with sleep. Sleep happens in phases, and although there is no concrete rule, getting an extra hour in the morning means that we will get more of the shallow phases, and therefore be in far less of a ‘deep sleep’ state, and more in a semi-conscious one, when we first wake up.

“Being in a state of semi-consciousness often makes our dreams more vivid and more memorable, and although we are technically gaining an extra hour this weekend, I would still recommend getting up and making the most of our day, rather than lying in bed – we can really get a lot done in an hour.”

These shallow, dream-heavy sleep phases can also be referred to as ‘muddy sleep’, and can often arise from poor lifestyle habits such as consuming too many stimulants like alcohol, caffeine and refined sugars, or looking at screens too close to bedtime. 

Dr Nerina added: “While I understand that not everyone is naturally a morning person, and it can be very tempting to stay in bed for an extra hour, it is possible to encourage your mind and body to be more alert and optimistic in the morning by practising a number of techniques.

“As our brains process emotions during the REM sleep phase, too much can cause a build-up of unpleasant emotions, which may even turn into nightmares.”

Among Dr Nerina’s techniques to clean up ‘muddy sleep’ is getting up a little earlier, so that you can take your time and get ready for the day. Another tip is to go to bed at night thinking of at least one thing you’re looking forward to the next day. 

What are the Uk’s most common recurring dreams?

Silentnight research reveals the top five;

These are:

  1. Being chased 
  2. Falling 
  3. Flying
  4. Being unprepared for an exam, meeting or presentation
  5. Being unable to find a toilet

Have you ever experienced any of the dreams, and will you be resisting the temptation of the extra hour this weekend? Get in touch on our social media pages and let us know.

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