Did you know in the majority of cases that so called “sleep-laughing” is a harmless physiological phenomenon, a type of behavioral response to dreams that are “odd, bizarre or even unfunny for a person when awake.
You might have experienced waking up from sleep chuckling and wondering why in gods name what was so funny. Perhaps you over heard your toddler giggling uncontrollably, or even noticed you partner randomly laughing in the middle of the night.
Laughing during sleep, also called hypnogely, is a relatively common occurrence. Could there be more to this physiological phenomenon or could this be your brains way of releasing endorphins.
Laughing In Dreams
There has been a great number of theories on why we dream but up until this day it still remains a mystery. To make matters more interesting is the fact that we know little about the specific brain mechanisms responsible for laughter.
Similar to the symbols that appear in our dreams laughter occurs unconsciously to the person. This is not something you can choose to do, it just happens organically. While we can consciously inhibit it, we don’t consciously produce laughter or dream symbols.
Laughing Dreams: What’s So Funny?
When was the last time you had a good laugh? Everybody loves the feeling of a deep-rooted belly laugh, the jokes that are so funny you lose control over your motor skills.
Could your dream suggest that you might be taking things a little to seriously and to lighten up? Studies have proven that a hardy laugh has both long and short term benefits that induces phyical changes in the body. Many dreamers actually wake themselves up from sleep laughing so hard.
Laughing has been known to stimulate your organs including your heart, muscles and boost endorphins to the brain. It is one of the best stress relievers that lowers your heart rate and blood pressure, thus making you feel relaxed when you wake up in the morning.
Laughing Symbolism In Dreams
Maybe your higher self is sending you a funny message in your dream that is will help reduce some of the physical symptoms of stress. Perhaps like most dream symbols they send messages often coded metaphoric manner. Could laughing be connected to an underdeveloped – or nonexistent sense of humor, in fact being funny is something that can be learned.
Looking In The Mirror:
- Do you take yourself to seriously in life? Learn to find a way to laugh at yourself as it helps dismantling parts of your ego. Even if it feels forced at first, practice laughing on your own in front of a mirror. It does your body good.
- Learn to tell a joke: Telling someone a funny joke to someone puts everybody in a good mind frame, breaking the uptight rule dictated by society.
- Unable to laugh? Laughing in your dreams might be linked to you inability to laugh or enjoy life. Laughing is a form of relaxation that might be long over due.
- Dream recall: Depending the context of your dream it will provide you with clues into what is so funny – if you are able to remember you dream.
Sleep: Laughing Baby
Since there is little understood about dreaming it is not entirely clear what causes a baby to laugh in their sleep. This is a common harmless occurrence that only in rare cases it relates to a neurological disorder.
What leads us to the next question. Do babies really dream? It would be impossible to find out what they dream but studies suggest they do most nights. What is so funny to babies? Maybe they remember playing peek a boo – or – remembering being tickled. When babies go through the particular type of sleep cycle, their bodies can make involuntary movements. These random involuntary movements could account to smiles and laughter from babies during this time.
If you hear a baby laughing first make sure you actually have a baby in the house. If not call a priest over.
Child Laughing In Sleep
Children who laugh in their sleep may be a result of dreaming of something funny, a neurological disorder (gelastic epilepsy), or connected Rheumatic fever. While its common for a child to laugh in their sleep if it becomes constant to contact a physician.
Laughing In Sleep Superstition
Laughter is primitive, an unconscious vocalization that randomly emerges in our dreams originating from our primitive or animal side. The superstition belief behind laughing in your sleep appears to ward off negative energy, protects you from the damaging effects of your shadow self.