11 SURPRISING THINGS THAT AFFECT YOUR DREAMS
You hate how your mother-in-law meddles in your marriage, so it’s no shocker when you tell her off in your dream—dreams are, after all, your brain’s way of working through unresolved conflicts. But what can explain that recent string of random nightmares or incredibly vivid visions? “We know a bit about things that affect dream recall and make for more nightmares,” says Deirdre Barrett, PhD, assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA, and author of The Committee of Sleep. So here, 11 surprising things that can influence what pops up in your dreams or how likely you are to remember them.