How sleep may help you process emotions, reduce PTSD

Scientists from the the University of Bern found how the brain triages emotions during dream sleep to consolidate the storage of positive emotions while dampening the consolidation of negative ones.

The work expands the importance of sleep in mental health and offers the way to new treatment strategies.

The research is published in Science and was conducted by Antoine Adamantidis et al.

Rapid eye movement (REM or paradoxical) sleep is a unique and mysterious sleep state during which most dreams occur together with intense emotional contents.