Dreams. Do you dream?


Do you dream?  What are dreams?  A dream is the experience you have of envisioned images, sounds or other sensations while you are asleep.(www.webmd.com) Sigmund Freuds theory was that your dreams are an expression of what you are repressing during the time you are awake.  Some dreams come from a preoccupation with the days activities.

Everyone dreams at night even if you do not remember your dreams.  Three or four times a night you will have a period of sleep that lasts approximately 90 minutes.  This is called REM sleep, rapid eye movement.  During REM sleep is when conditions are right for story like dreams.  If you wake at the end of REM cycle you are more likely to remember your dreams.(www.webmd.com)  The body lies mostly still through the REM cycle but the brain is nearly as active as when its fully awake.(wwwchealth.canoe.ca)  Motor signals from the brain to the body are inhibitied by certain neurotransmitters which temporarily paralyze us.  If this didn’t happen we’d be running from monsters or flying out windows.  Our eyes still remain responsive to these signals, thats why they dart back and forth during sleep.(www.chealth.canoe.ca)


There are many types of dreams, daydreams, lucid dreams, nightmares, recurring dreams just to name a few.(www.dreammoods.com)

Daydreams are classified as a level of consciousness between sleep and wakefulness.  Studies show that people have a tendency to daydream an average of 70-120 minutes a day.

Lucid dreams occur when you realize you are dreaming, wait a second, this is only a dream.  Most people wake themselves up once they realize that they are dreaming. (www.dreammoods.com)

Nightmares are an unpleasant dream that can cause a strong emotional response.(wikipedia.org/wiki/Nightmare).  Nightmares can have many causes.  Researchers were able to conclude that their nightmares are directly related to stress in thier lives.(www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nightmare).

Recurring dreams are experienced frequently and repetively in ones life.  They occur in between 60 and 75% of adults, and more often in women than men.  The common themes include being attacked, chased, falling,or being late.  Recurring dreams ae theoretically assumed to reveal the presence of unresolved conflicts or stressors in life.  Recurring dreams often start at a young age and continue for the rest of ones life.(www.psychologytoday.com).

Dreams are complelling.  They are often weird and strange.  Most dream researchers think it is worth while to remember your dreams and  they have tips for improving your recall, unless you find your dreams entertaining, intellectually interesting or artistically inspiring feel free to forget them.(www2.uccsu.edu)


Student Article- Rhonda Sulick

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