Dream Designs's Blog

  • The Science of Dreaming

    We all sleep and dream, but do you know why we dream? Did you know that everyone has 4-6 dreams each night, including those who think they never dream? Recent studies conducted in sleep labs have shown that, during an eight-hour sleep, our brains cycle 4-6 times from slow-wave deep sleep to active REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, where most dreams occur.  On average, we dream two hours each day and six years in total over a lifetime. If dreaming takes up such a significant part of our lives, it must serve an essential purpose. So why do we dream? Ancient cultures and religions believe that dreams...

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  • Lumbar Jack Your Bed

    About a year ago, I used to wake up every morning feeling stiff and achy with numbness and prickly sensations in my legs and toes. After months of discomfort, I finally decided to do something about it. I realized the culprit is my ageing mattress, which had sagged around the lumbar area and caused my spinal discs to compress and irritate my sciatic nerves.   According to conventional wisdom, I should get a new mattress; however, I did not want to send my old mattress to the landfill, knowing how wasteful and environmentally harmful it is. I opted for an alternative solution, which...

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  • Nurture Your Child’s Mental Health through Dreams

    By Bei Linda Tang, January 21, 2020 Although most people think of dreams as random and meaningless, recent scientific studies have shown that dreams contain authentic, relevant, and timely psychological insights that are invaluable in balancing mental health. Children tend to have more dreams than adults.  It’s common for children to have vivid dreams about monsters or scary animals and wake up feeling very upset. Due to the lack of knowledge and awareness about dreaming, most parents will comfort their children by saying that dreams aren’t real and then proceed to change the subject. Though they mean well, their approach...

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  • Working with Nightmares

    Nightmares commonly occur to those experiencing PTSD, anxiety, depression, and habitual anger. They are the most intense dreams because they reveal the most daunting memories and unconscious feelings.      Treating nightmares through dreamwork is a natural and effective approach in overcoming underlying psychological issues.   Learn how you can help yourself or a loved one through dreamwork with Dr. Leslie Ellis, Vancouver-based psychotherapist, teacher, and author of A Clinician’s Guide to Dream Therapy: Implementing Simple and Effective Dreamwork.   She will present "Stopping the Nightmare: How to work with dreams that terrify us" on November 2 at Dream Salon...

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  • Let's Talk Dream Meetups

    Let's Talk Dream Meetups help people from all walks of life to meet and talk about their dreams in a supportive small group setting under the guidance of Dr. Leslie Ellis, a Vancouver based psychologist and author who specializes in dreamwork therapy.  Dreaming is a healthy, natural, and useful function of our being. Dreams help us solve problems, evaluate relationships, process memories, and flush out emotional issues. Sharing dreams with others allows each participant to gain insights into their dreams and connect with others in meaningful and in-depth dialogues.At each Dream Salon Meetup, there will be 4-6 participants (including the facilitator)...

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