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Piano sounds can cure nightmares and ‘manipulate your dream emotions’, say scientists

PIANO chords can cure nightmares and “manipulate the emotions of your dreams”, a study has found.

Scientists studied the sleep pattern of 36 participants using piano sounds to suppress their bad dreams.


Researchers believe piano sounds can eliminate nightmaresCredit: Getty

Science Alert reported that the study involved a group of participants who were willing to undergo research on their dreams.

In 2010, scientists learned that playing sounds that people have been trained to associate with specific triggers will help them while they sleep.

The University Hospitals of Geneva and the University of Geneva in Switzerland, Lampros Perogamvros, said: “There is a relationship between the types of emotions experienced in dreams and our emotional well-being.”

“Based on this observation, we came up with the idea that we could help people by manipulating the emotions in their dreams.

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“In this study, we show that we can reduce the number of emotionally very strong and very negative dreams in patients suffering from nightmares.”

Many people suffer from nightmares for many reasons, such as stress, anxiety, irregular sleep, medications, mental health conditions, or PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder).

The 36 participants were asked to record their dreams in a sleep diary for two weeks.

The volunteers underwent an IRT (therapeutic repetitive imagery) session and half of the group underwent a TMR (targeted memory reactivation) session, organized to create a link between a positive version of their nightmare and a sound.

The other half of the participants were in the control group, imagining a less scary version of a nightmare and were not exposed to sound.

Both groups were given headphones that would play the C69 piano chord while they slept every ten seconds during REM sleep where nightmares would most likely occur.

Over the months, scientists noticed that the nightmares were decreasing.

“We were positively surprised at how well the participants complied with and tolerated the study procedures, such as performing rehearsal imagery therapy daily and wearing the sleep band at night,” said Perogamvros.

“We observed a rapid decrease [in] nightmares, as well as dreams becoming more emotionally positive.

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“For us researchers and clinicians, these findings hold great promise both for the study of emotional processing during sleep and for the development of new therapies.”

The Sun reported that if people exercise, eat dinner, shower, drink tea, turn off their devices and stretch before bed, they’re more likely to get a healthy, full eight hours of sleep. .


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