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[–] monkeytennis 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I've been yelling incoherently for years about the link between depression, sleep and excessive dreaming, so this is pretty interesting. For some depressed people, they are stuck in a cycle of sleeping and having too much REM, and not enough deep phase restorative sleep. They wake up feeling utterly exhausted, live out the day, and sleep again that night. The stresses of the day are exaggerated by being so tired, and they dream more as a result to allow their brains and all the neural pathways to de-excite themselves. Rinse and repeat, every day. A positive feedback loop of excessive REM cycles.

I'd love to see if it was actually the lack of entering REM sleep itself that was causing the uplift, and if it could be somehow prevented whether it would improve depressed peoples symptoms.

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[–] Waiyu_Dudat 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

This might be why weed helps. It cuts down REM and increases deep sleep. Cannabis has helped me with both insomnia and depression. My experience with it is that I felt like I wasn't getting enough rest, even though I was sleeping 9-10 hours. It helped me rest more soundly and I'd wake up feeling more refreshed and get out of bed sooner to start my day. I dream much less on weed.

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[–] monkeytennis 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Every time I've smoked before bed I've had the most amazing, rejuvenating, deepest sleep. I don't smoke other than 3 holidays to Amsterdam and the rare party, but I've definitely noticed the effect.

Conversely most mornings where I wake up straight out of a very intense dream, and I feel so worn out and exhausted - despite just having had a full night of sleep.

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[–] Enter_Username 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Being awake beats the fuck out of sleeping and dreaming the shit you hate