New research shows a lack of dreams may lead to anxiety and depression

ByEyewitness News WABC logo
Tuesday, February 9, 2016

NEW YORK (WABC) -- A link has been discovered between anxiety and the dreaming phase of sleep, known as REM sleep. REM stands for rapid eye movement.

New research suggests a lack of REM sleep undermines a person's ability to cope with emotional distress.

Researchers in the Netherlands say that a lack of REM sleep can raise the risk for chronic depression and anxiety.

They say it's possible that during REM sleep, the emotional impact of memories is properly processed and resolved.