Sleep and dreams are directly related to language. Good sleep makes our language even better. A study conducted at the University of York has said that two nights of sleep adds a new word to our language. This process goes on throughout the ages. Our language is updated during sleep. Words heard somewhere become part of our language. The reason for this is the subconscious mind’s attachment to the voice.
In sleep, the mind plays with sounds and words. By the age of 10, this process is very rapid. Therefore, the child should be allowed to sleep well. The language learning process continues during the child’s long sleep.
Gareth Gaskell, professor of psychology at the Sleep, Language and Consciousness Lab in York, says that there is a lot more noise during sleep. That is why our dreams also come in many languages. Many times in our dreams we speak or learn such a language. For example, a Hindi-speaking person who knows a lot of English is talking in English in his dreams. The level of his dream speaking language is much better than his actual ability. The level of language spoken in his dreams is much better than his actual ability, because the dreaming mind uses a lot of words that are in the subconscious.
It is also possible that we dream in a language that we cannot speak, but that language is spoken around us. The mind has recognized that voice. Gaskell says that people who speak many languages often have multilingual dreams. In a dream, words from one language begin to be used with similar sounding words from another language.
According to the study, people who cannot speak and hear, do not have language in their dreams. They speak in gestures. Gaskell says that there are many levels to the multilingual dream. It has several languages at the same time, many times a language that is not the mother tongue. Linguistic anxiety dreams also come many times. In this, people continue to struggle in any other language. Searches for new words in the dictionary of his dreams. Many such words come to his mind, the meaning of which he does not know.
Gaskell says – Whenever we learn a new word, we need to update it with our knowledge to use it properly. Sleep is necessary for this. During sleep, the brain reconciles the existing knowledge with the new knowledge.
In the study, sleeping participants were presented with real speech and meaningless pseudospeech. Their brains were scanned through EEG. The mind of the sleeping participant was only listening to the actual speech. When we are dreaming, then the brain stops listening to those sounds, which can disturb the dream.