Why do we Dream?
- December 10, 2018
- Posted by: admin
- Category: Technology
Dreams are stories and images that our minds create while we sleep. They can be entertaining, fun, romantic, disturbing, frightening, and sometimes bizarre.
Not all dreaming is the same. It runs the range of human experience, incorporating a wide range of emotions and events, often with elements of the bizarre. Dreams can be funny, frightening, sad or strange. Flying dreams can be overjoyed, chasing dreams can be terrifying, forgot-to-study-for-my-exam dreams can be stressful.
What Are Dreams?
Dreams are a universal human experience that can be described as a state of consciousness characterized by sensory, cognitive and emotional occurrences during sleep.
Dreams are basically stories and images our mind creates while we sleep. Dreams can be vivid. They can make you feel happy, sad, or scared. And they may seem confusing or perfectly rational.
Dreams can occur anytime during sleep. But most vivid dreams occur during deep, REM (rapid eye movement) sleep when the brains most active. Some experts say we dream at least four to six times per night.
Why Do We Dream?
There are several theories about why we dream. Are dreams merely part of the sleep cycle, or do they serve some other purpose?
There’s also fascinating research that shows our capacity to dream beyond our waking experiences, in profound ways. Dream reports of people born paralyzed reveal that they walk, swim, and run in their dreams as often as people without paralysis. Dream reports of people born deaf indicate they often hear in their dreams. These reports may lend credence to the theory that dreams serve as a broad, virtual-reality model of waking life—a proto-consciousness—that instructs and supports survival and growth.
Studies have shown the importance of dreams to our health and well-being. In one study, researchers woke subjects just as they were drifting off into REM sleep. They found that those who were not allowed to dream experienced Increased tension, Anxiety, Depression, Difficulty concentrating, Lack of coordination and more
As much as dreams may contain aspects of everyday, routine life, dreaming is also a state in which we contend with extraordinary experiences. Another likely function of dreaming appears to be processing and coming to terms with disturbing events
The Reality Sense in Dreams
Sometimes the sights, sounds, tastes, smells and textures in a dream can be so realistic that upon awakening it is hard to believe that they were only part of a dream.
When we dream we are utterly and completely convinced that the events and things we experience in dreams are real. We are not aware that we are asleep
Usually, when we dream, we no longer sense things in the external world. However, very strong sensations, such as loud alarms or pungent smells, can make their way from your bedroom into your dream world, where they will be incorporated into your dream.
Dreams of Blind People
Do blind people see things in their dreams? That depends on whether they have ever been able to see, and for how long.
People who were born blind or who became blind at a very young age do not see in their dreams. People who became blind when they were older do see in their dreams.
We are very good at forgetting nonessentials. In fact, many of our thoughts, not just those we have while dreaming, are lost. We tend to recall only things that we think about often or that have emotional significance—a problem, a date, a meeting. Mulling over important thoughts activates our dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC), a brain region that facilitates memory.