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Original Research Article

Year: 2017 | Month: Aug | Volume: 7 | Issue: 8 | Pages: 61-64

Nonrestorative Sleep and Dream Recall Frequency in an Adult Population

Celestine O. Mume

Department of Mental Health, Faculty of Clinical Sciences, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile – Ife, Osun State, Nigeria.

Corresponding Author: Celestine O. Mume   E mail:celemume2000@yahoo.com


Background and Objectives: In Nigeria there are not enough studies focused on sleep and dreams. The effect of this is that there are even no baseline data for the records. The present study was designed to investigate the occurrence of nonrestorative sleep (NRS) in a sample of apparently healthy individuals and examine its association with dream recall frequency (DRF) among them.
Materials and Methods: Seventy – five apparently healthy individuals were recruited into the study through a multi-stage, stratified random sampling method. They provided information on their sociodemographic characteristics and their ability to remember their dreams in the previous four weeks. They were also evaluated for nonrestorative sleep (NRS).
Results: Nonrestorative sleep was experienced by 65.3% of the subjects while 66.7% were able to remember at least one dream in the previous four weeks. There was no association found between nonrestorative sleep and dream recall frequency.
Conclusion: Further studies are advocated. Such future studies should address among other issues the limitations of this study, one of which is the small sample size, and the other, the fact that no measures of psychopathology were taken.

Key words:Nonrestorative sleep; sleep functions; dream recall.

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