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Blue Monday: how to cope

Dr. Samra interviewed by CBC's Matthew Lazin-Ryder about Blue Monday and how to cope with what is considered to be the most depressing day of the year.

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Why do I keep having nightmares?

The question:


I keep having violent dreams that wake me up in the middle of the night. What’s going on?

 

The answer:


We don’t understand very well why we dream, whether dreams have meaning, and why some people have vivid dreams, while others rarely can remember having a dream at all.

 

We do know from studies that look at dream content that we tend to consistently have and remember more negative dreams than positive ones. Some theories suggest that there is an adaptive function to having threatening dreams – it helps us simulate threatening events and situations (in a safe environment) with the result of helping us be more cognitively prepared for threats when they come up in real life.

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