Are you more likely to succeed where you failed in a dream?
A group of French researchers studied the occurrence of dreams in a pool of students before a medical school entrance exam. They compared the occurrence and frequency with the students’ most prevalent preoccupation: the rate of success at the exam.
That is the question that researchers asked themselves in 2014. The answer might surprise you. It is yes.
The fact that a large majority of respondents (78%) had the common dream of being late or forgetting the answers was nothing new. But what stood out was the positive correlation of performance with the frequency of dreams during the term preceding the exam. Similarly, dreaming about being failing at the exam on the pre-exam night also led to better performance.
The paper’s authors concluded that “episodic simulation provides a positive cognitive gain”. Said differently, dreams can accelerate learning and lead to higher performance.
Because science has not cracked the mystery around the brain, we do not fully understand how dreams work. While there is a consensus that dreams occur largely during rapid eye-movement (REM) sleep, we are just starting to grasp that the waking brain and the dreaming brain enlist the same areas for the same type of tasks. That would explain why some people report dreaming during non-REM sleep.
Hypnosis has been shown to stimulate the brain in similar ways. Let’s assume I am asking you to imagine that you are lifting an arm, all the parts of your brain involved in the movement except for the actual motor system would light up if an MRI was measuring the blood flow rushing around the active areas in your brain.
In other words, the brain is rehearsing the movement while the body stays immobile. That explains why athletes competing for fame and multi-million prizes have leveraged visualization and hypnosis to gain an edge.
Rehearsals and training exercises have been used for centuries to improve organizations. Actors train, dancers rehearse. Pilots gain more experience through simulators, an army mobilizes its soldiers and officers for short exercises to provide them with life-like experiences.
Whenever training happens, a debriefing follows where one can draw conclusions about strengths and development points. A new action plan and an amended checklist see the day. And the cycle continues until the performance is up to par with the general expectation: the pilot will know how to face most situations, troops will know how to hold a point and gain territory, a theatre is finally ready to greet viewers and an opera can surely expect to dazzle its guests through honed choreography.
Rehearsals are not only useful in increasing performance but also in lowering the stress levels. We have found that the hypnosis treatments that incorporates imagery led to better stress and anxiety management. In addition, the regular use of self hypnosis with visualizations remains a tool of choice of many high-achievers.
We have been the witness of outstanding transformations in clients who have managed to turn around their lives. You can rely on your dreams to do the work for you, but you could also become more proactive and rehearse on your own. We offer different hypnosis treatments to help you lead a healthier life. You can reach your highest potential with hypnosis for success.
We offer different hypnosis treatments to help you lead a healthier life. You can reach your highest potential with hypnosis for success.