I discovered that sleep tends to mitigate the 'stress' that one gets by trying to deal with logical problems like work related tasks and general daily life tasks. Does sleep do this by removing the tendency for human to think logically as when we see dreams, they are highly illogical such as "fork made with orange peels!"

Is it the fact that in sleep the parts associated with stress i.e. logical reasoning part of the brain is being shutoff that results in weird dream contents?

  • $\begingroup$ Welcome to the Psychology and Neuroscience forum. There is an expectation that individuals evidence basic enquiry on their topic prior to posting. It is also helpful to the reader if you provide references to the prior research. In this instance, are you able to shed light on how you discovered that sleep mitigates stress? Is this personal experience or is it widely observed? $\endgroup$
    – Tony Mobbs
    Nov 11, 2020 at 13:55
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    $\begingroup$ @TonyMobbs Thanks for the wishes. As per your question, its a personal experience that sleep mitigates stress. I will look into the references later today and update. $\endgroup$
    – user0193
    Nov 11, 2020 at 14:07
  • $\begingroup$ Well, logical reasoning is impaired by stress, but the dreams are hard to define. No one knows for sure what they are. In my view they are images of reprocessing the prior experience and can recombine in ways that logic would not allow. Therefore one could say dreams are essential for creativity and memory reconsolidation. The curious bit is - they occur even when you think in the morning you did not have any. $\endgroup$
    – r0berts
    Nov 16, 2020 at 19:12
  • $\begingroup$ @r0berts I agree with you. But can you explain how are dreams essential for creativity and memory reconsolidation, as they are mostly illogical and even the logic part is what you already know, so I am not sure how they can improve my creativity skills. $\endgroup$
    – user0193
    Nov 19, 2020 at 11:02
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    $\begingroup$ As far as we can tell, dreams are present not only in humans, therefore they must be an evolutionarily very old mechanism that has gone on and on. I do not think, though, that you can "improve" your dreams and therefore you cannot say that you will improve your creativity. All I can say is that if we view creativity as spotting a useful/nice thing emerging out of chaos, then having had good sleep will definitely help this. However I know a person who may answer better, so I will ask. $\endgroup$
    – r0berts
    Nov 19, 2020 at 13:33


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