Scientists Discover Why You Dream

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Ever wonder why you dream? Do you wonder why you have nightmares or the perfect dream you do not want to wake up from? Dreams have been something scientists cannot figure out, but there are many theories as to why we dream, such as dreams fulfill our wishes, they are a side effect of rapid-eye-movement (REM), and sleeping helps us solve puzzles that we could not figure out when we were awake, according to mnn.com.

Lucid dreaming, or dream control, might be a real thing. In a survey, 64.9% of 3,000 people said that they were aware they were dreaming in a dream, and 34% reported that they could sometimes control what happens in their dreams. Lucid dreaming is useful when recurring nightmares appear. “Lucid dreaming enhances your ability to learn from the dream state,” reported Kelly Bulkeley, a dream researcher, to webmd.com.

Some therapists think that it is possible to train people to recognize when they are in a dream. One way people can recognize they are in a dream is to wear a bracelet to sleep and if the bracelet is not there, they know it is a dream, as stated in goodhousekeeping.com.

Staying up late may mean finishing your homework on time, but staying up late can cause nightmares. On a survey of 264 students at a university, the students rated how often they had nightmares on a scale from 0 to 4 which the people who stay up late scored an average of 2.1. Researchers came to a conclusion about what was causing the link between sleep habits and nightmares was the stress hormone cortisol that peaks in the morning before we wake up, and if you are sleeping during that time, the cortisol rise triggers nightmares or vivid dreams, according to mnn.com.

Next time you are studying for a test try taking a nap or going to bed early rather than staring at the textbook for another hour. Harvard Medical School researchers say when the brain dreams, it helps learn and solve problems, and it is also the brain’s way of processing, integrating, and understanding information. Also, avoid napping in a loud room because noise can negatively impact the length and quality of dreams, as stated in webmd.com.

During REM sleep, the brain is being highly stimulated. “The stimulation is what generates the dream imagery…The brain tries to make sense of all these random and presumably meaningless images and thoughts and sounds and constructs the dream out of all this imagery,” according to goodhousekeeping.com.

When you wake up from a great dream and want to go back to sleep to continue it, all you have to do is lie still. “Remain in the position you woke up in, because that is the position you were dreaming in. When you move your body, you disconnect yourself from the dream you were just in seconds ago,” stated webmd.com.

Wakeful dreaming can be used everywhere. Wakeful dreaming is just using your active imagination and thinking about a recent dream. It could be used as a relaxation tool, but can also help minds solve puzzling dreams because of the interaction between the unconscious and wakeful parts of the minds wakeful dreaming creates, as stated in webmd.com.

No one can agree about what dreams mean. Many people consider dreams “the guardians of sleep,” but others disagree and insist that dreams do not have any meaning, as stated in goodhousekeeping.com.