Glossary of dreamy terms

This glossary of dreamy terms is a continuous work in progress. If there is a sleep/dream term you come across on this website, or anywhere else for that matter, or that you’ve heard somewhere and would like like to see it added to the glossary, please get in touch. The comments section is open. At the moment most terms are limited to brief definitions, maybe with some added extras, but I will continue to add to them.

The definitions I give are based on my experiences with dream research, so it’s likely that others may have other definitions. I am interested to hear about your understandings of and experiences with these phenomena, so please feel welcome to comment!

Click on the link below to see definitions of the following terms:

Bad dream

Biphasic sleep

(Dream) bizarreness

Continuity Hypothesis

Compensation

Daydream

Day residue

Dream

Dream diary

Dream interpretation

Dream journal

Dream lag

Dream rebound

Dream recall

Dream report

Dreamwork

EEG (electroencephalography)

EMG (electromyography)

EOG (electrooculography)

Emotion-processing

Hyperassociativity

Hypnagogia

Hypnogram

Hypnopompia

Insomnia

Lucid dream

Memory consolidation

Monophasic sleep

Nap

Nightmare

Non-REM sleep

N2 sleep

Oneirology

Oneironauts

Parasomnia

Participant

Polysomnography

Precognitive dreams

Rapid-eye-movement (REM) sleep

Recurrent dream

REM sleep behaviour disorder

Sleep

Sleep deprivation

Sleep lab

Sleep onset

Sleep paralysis

Sleep walking

Slow wave sleep

Somnambulism

Stage 1 non-REM sleep

Stage 2 non-REM sleep

Stage 3 non-REM sleep

Typical dream

Waking life 

Wish fulfilment 

 

 

 

 

 

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