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Smell May Influence Dreams

womanA new study suggests what you smell as you sleep has the power to influence your dreams.

German researchers used specific volatile odorants with a negative or a positive smell (“rotten eggs” versus “roses”) to simulate subjects during sleep.

They then recorded the subjects’ impressions when they were awakened.

When using the unpleasant odorant, the emotional coloration of the dream was predominantly negative, while under stimulation with the pleasant stimulus, nearly all dreams had a positive coloration.

Researchers note that only recently information on olfactory function during sleep has become available, and that this is the first valid study that documents the impact of olfactory function on dreams.

This study may also open a potential field of therapeutic intervention with nocturnal olfactory stimulation.

Source: American Academy of Otolaryngology

Smell May Influence Dreams

Rick Nauert PhD

Rick Nauert, PhDDr. Rick Nauert has over 25 years experience in clinical, administrative and academic healthcare. He is currently an associate professor for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals doctoral program in health promotion and wellness. Dr. Nauert began his career as a clinical physical therapist and served as a regional manager for a publicly traded multidisciplinary rehabilitation agency for 12 years. He has masters degrees in health-fitness management and healthcare administration and a doctoral degree from The University of Texas at Austin focused on health care informatics, health administration, health education and health policy. His research efforts included the area of telehealth with a specialty in disease management.

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Nauert PhD, R. (2015). Smell May Influence Dreams. Psych Central. Retrieved on December 15, 2018, from https://psychcentral.com/news/2008/09/22/smell-may-influence-dreams/2977.html

 

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