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Why We Dream: The Science, Creativity and Transformative Power of Dreams - Mariam Khan

Why We Dream: The Science, Creativity and Transformative Power of Dreams

By: Mariam Khan, Alice Robb

Paperback | 5 December 2023

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We all dream, and 98 per cent of us can recall our dreams the next morning. Even in today’s modern age, it is human nature to wonder what they mean.

Now, groundbreaking science is putting dreams at the forefront of new research into sleep, memory, the concept of self and human socialization. Once a subject of the New Age and spiritualism, the science of dreams is revealed to have a crucial role in the biology and neuroscience of our waking lives.

In Why We Dream, Alice Robb, a leading American science journalist, will take readers on a journey to uncover why we dream, why dreaming matters, and how we can improve our dream life – and why we should. Through her encounters with scientists at the cutting edge of dream research, she reveals how:
  • Dreams can be powerful tools to help us process the pain of a relationship break-up, the grief of losing a loved one and the trauma after a dramatic event
  • Nightmares may be our body’s warning system for physical and mental illness (including cancer, depression and Alzheimer’s)
  • Athletes can improve their performance by dreaming about competing
  • Drug addicts who dream about drug-taking can dramatically speed up their recovery from addiction.

    Robb also uncovers the fascinating science behind lucid dreaming – when we enter a dream state with control over our actions, creating a limitless playground for our fantasies. And as one of only 10 per cent of people with the ability to lucid-dream, she is uniquely placed to teach us how to do it ourselves.

    With incredible new discoveries and stunning science, Why We Dream will give you dramatic insight into yourself and your body. You’ll never think of dreams in the same way again.

    About the Author

    Alice Robb is a contributing writer for Women in the World, the website recently launched by Tina Brown in partnership with the New York Times. From 2013 until early 2015 she was a staff writer at New Republic. Since then she has been writing regularly for New Statesman and New York’s Science of Us site, and has also contributed to Foreign Policy, Elle, Vice, Bustle, Fusion, New York’s Vulture and The Cut.

    Alice is one of the 10 per cent of people with the ability to lucid-dream.