The next time you wrestle with an issue, take a snooze. A study from the University of California-Berkley showed that REM stage helps put problems and emotions in perspective. Brain scans revealed people who slept between viewings of disturbing images were less upset than those who stayed awake.
During the period of slumber, memories are processed while stress neurochemicals are suppressed; it helps remove the sharp edges from emotional experiences (Els van der Helm, the study's lead author). She advised to aim for plenty of shut-eye during the rough patches (Wholeliving.com/May 2012).