Why do you Dream?
A dream is what someone sees and hears in their mind when they are sleeping. Which may include images, thoughts and emotions. Usually similar to real life in some ways, but can also be weird as well as scary.
Dreams have always fascinated me. I don’t have a lot of dreams or should I say I don’t have a lot of dreams I remember when I wake up. I often wonder why do you dream is it because our mind is very active.
Well in this article I am going to look into what causes us to dream, are their different kinds of dreams, what are the meanings of our dreams, and what do recurring dreams mean.
Why do we have dreams?
There are many theories about what causes us to dream but no one knows for sure. And then their are also those that believe dreams have no purpose and are just silly activities of the sleeping brain.
But their are studies that show their are health and well-being benefits to having dreams. Many believe dreams help us problem solve, process emotions, and help us integrate our memories, declutter the brain, get creative, practice a skill, act as therapy.
There are also those that say dreaming is just the brain responding to biochemical changes and electrical impulses that occur during sleep.
With all the new technologies we can soon get more help to improve and understand the real cause of us to have dreams.
Neuroscience says dreams can be linked to rapid eye movement during the (REM) phase of sleep. Also, some possible explanations may include:
- arbitrary signals from the brain and body during sleep
- information gathered during the day being processed and merged
- unconscious wishes and desires
- rational simulation of real life experiences
There are five stages to a sleep cycle:
Stage 1: In this stage you are in light sleep with slow eye movement, and reduced muscle activity. Four to five percent of our total sleep is in this stage.
Stage 2: In stage two eye movement stops, and brain waves are slower with occasional bursts of rapid waves known as sleep spindles. Forty-five to Fifty-five percent of our total sleep is in this stage.
Stage 3: In stage three their will be a slowing of brain waves called delta waves appearing, with interspersed with smaller, faster waves. Four to Six percent of our total sleep is in this stage.
Stage 4: In stage four the brain will be producing delta waves almost exclusively. No eye movement or muscle activity. Stages three and four are known as the deep sleep. It is hard to wake someone in this stage of sleep. Twelve to fifteen percent of our total sleep is in this stage.
Stage 5: In stage five their is rapid eye movement (REM) and breathing is more rapid, irregular, and shallow, eyes jerk rapidly in several directions, limb muscles become momentarily paralyzed. Heart rate increases, blood pressure rises, When someone wakes during REM sleep, can have weird and irrational tales. These are dreams. Twenty to Twenty-five percent of our total sleep is in this stage.
Are their different kinds of dreams
Dreams can be rational or not, uplifting or disturbing, vivid or vague, perplexing or prophetic. Yes their are different kinds of dreams with different characteristics and dreaming interpretations vary depending on who is doing the interpreting.
Daydreams – A daydream is a series of pleasant thoughts that you have while you are awake that distract you from what is going on around you. Studies show that we all have the tendency to daydream an average of 70-120 minutes a day. Daydreams turn off other parts of the brain. The brain controls your daydreams not your mind.
Lucid Dreams – When someone is aware that they are dreaming this is known as a Lucid dream. People that have lucid dreams are thought to be more insightful than others. Lucid dreams are known as dreams that feel real.
Nightmares – A nightmare is a disturbing dream associated with negative feelings, also known as a bad dream. Nightmares usually happen in the REM stage of sleep. Children often have nightmares but they can happen at any age. Nightmares can have several triggers such as Stress, Anxiety, depression, and PTSD especially in adults. Spicy foods are also thought to be a factor in nightmares because it takes more effort from the body to digest them.
Recurring Dreams – Dreams that are repeated over a period are known as recurring dreams. What do recurring dreams mean? This type of dream could mean something in your life that has not been acknowledged and which is causing stress. The dream is repetitive because you have not corrected the problem.
Healing Dreams – Healing dreams are dreams that teach you something extremely important about yourself, or something you have to do.
Prophetic Dreams – Precognitive dreams also known as Prophetic dreams are dreams of events or incidents before they happen. They also are known to be warnings of death, personal accidents or a widespread disaster that is announced before it happens. Forty two percent of people felt they have had a dream about something that later came true.
Epic Dreams – Dreams with a long continuous story line, that continues over many dreams and even over many nights. Epic dreams came bring up emotions you may have never had before. They are extremely vivid, with many details that are easy to remember. These are dreams that can leave you breathless. Epic dreams are also called great dreams or cosmic dreams.
What are the meanings of dreams
With all the different types of dreams their are so many meanings and interpretations of dreams. A Couple of the most common ones and their meanings:
Dreams which involve Chasing – These are interpreted as one having trouble facing their fears, or running away, and emotions becoming repressed.
Falling Dreams – These dreams represent loss of control over something in your life, The average person will have five of these dreams in their lifetime.
Flying Dreams – Signals freedom, letting go, positive, and are usually vivid.
Teeth (falling out) – These dreams are thought of as a loss of direction or guidance, or being out of control.
Test or Exam Dreams – Represent fear of not being prepared, thought to be examining your performance in your real life. Someone who has this type of dream are usually high performers.
Bird Dreams – Means you are hoping to receive a message, or to hear from someone.
Common dreams and truths
Some of the most common dreams are being chased, falling, flying, teeth falling out, taking test or exams, and water dreams.
Some dream in color and others dream in black and white. Everyone dreams and we dream of what we see and know in life. We remember about ten percent of our dreams.
Dreams are an amazing function of our brain and mind. With these we can learn and grow.
Why do you dream and what are the dreams you can remember!