It’s All in Your Dreams: Kelly Sullivan Walden
Kelly Sullivan Walden, author of It’s All in Your Dreams, says it is important to control your dreams in order to benefit your health. She told Dr. Oz that many people do not pay attention to their dreams because they often seem to make little sense, but paying attention to the feeling tone of your dream and the symbolism could literally help you improve your health. Dr. Lisa Medalie, a Sleep Behavior Specialist, says we are bombarded with a lot of information throughout the day and we simply do have the time to process all of that data, which is what happens when we dream. She compared it to a filing cabinet that organizes all of the data while we sleep so we can move on and be productive the following day.
Dr Oz: “Catch” Your Positive Dreams to Improve Your Health
Often times people have really wonderful and positive dreams, but when they wake up they are not able to remember those dreams, which is frustrating and disappointing. Dr. Medalie says if we are able to remember our positive dreams, it can actually reduce our Cortisol levels to lower stress and improve our overall health.
Dr Oz: How Can You Remember Your Dreams?
Kelly Sullivan Walden says there are easy tricks that will help you to remember your dreams when you wake up the next day.
Do not move a muscle when waking – Kelly says most people do not remember their dreams because the first thing they usually think of when waking up is all they have to get done in the day ahead. She says to instead remain in your sleep position with your eyes closed and ask yourself the question “What was I just dreaming about?” three times in a row. This will help you to effectively remember your dreams because you literally have a short five-minute window to record that dream before it slips away.
Dr Oz: Vitamin B6 Memory Booster
Dr. Lisa Medalie says taking a supplement of Vitamin B6 can improve your memory, which will in turn help you to better remember your dreams. She says Vitamin B6 will also increase the level of Serotonin in your body, which will cause you to have more vivid dreams.
- Take a Vitamin B6 supplement
- Increase dream clarity
- Take a multivitamin with B6
- Take 1/2 in the morning & 1/2 in the evening
Dr Oz: The Power of the Subconscious Mind
Have you ever wished you could lose weight as you slept? If so, I have a feeling you would not be alone. Kelly Sullivan Walden says that while you cannot lose weight while you are asleep, you can actually use your dreams to help you lose weight.
She explained the few minutes right before you fall asleep is the most important time to send positive thoughts to your subconscious mind, which holds 88% of your mind’s total power. Storing those positive thoughts, like visualizing how you would like your body to look, will give you the motivation and inspiration to live healthier so you can lose weight.
Dr Oz: What Causes Nightmares?
Do you have a recurring nightmare that you wish would end and never enter your dreams again? Does it cause you to wake up feeling afraid and not wanting to fall back asleep for fear it will return? Dr. Lisa Medalie says this is very common for a lot of people and the sad part it robs them of their precious sleep, but can also lead to serious health problems in the future. Kelly Sullivan Walden explained the reason people usually have nightmares is because of something they are not facing in their “waking” life. She says it is important to deal with the issue and move through it so you can have happier dreams while sleeping.
Dr Oz: End a Nightmare with Dream “Rescripting”
Dr. Lisa Medalie says when patients come to her clinic complaining of a recurring nightmare, she recommends a technique called Rescripting, which is a way to rewrite the ending of your dream. She promises if you do the technique properly and repeat the new ending to yourself several times a day, it will change the outcome of your nightmare when you are sleeping.