Can you explain the continuity hypothesis of dreaming?

At the most general level, findings based on systematic content research (including several studies by our group) suggest that most dreams can be understood as simulations that enact the person’s main conceptions and concerns, including emotionally salient and interpersonal experiences. The Continuity Hypothesis of dreaming—one of the most widely studied models of dreaming—posits that dream content is psychologically meaningful in that it reflects the dreamer's current thoughts, concerns and salient experiences. The idea that dreams are generally continuous with these waking dimensions and drawn from many of the same psychological schemata that govern waking thought and behaviour also lies at the heart of many contemporary theories of dream function. This is true, for instance, for theories suggesting that dreaming plays a role in emotional regulation, that they serve to simulate waking reality, or that dreams reflect offline processing of recent events to help learning and guide future behaviour.

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