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15 February 2010 :: 16:02:14 pm 13346

Dreams: Why, When & How do they Occur?

Well, apparently we all dream, but we don’t necessarily remember them and some people would swear they do not dream at all.
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We tend to have vivid dreams once we are in a deep sleep, (vivid meaning bright and lively). This is refered to as ‘REM’ which means ‘rapid eye movement.’ Our brain becomes very active during REM sleep which can happen every 90 to 100 minutes with periods of REM lasting as long as 45 minutes. We  also dream during other phases of sleep, but not as vivid.

A brain is like a filing cabinet or a computer. What ever we see or watch, taste hear, smell or touch is stored in our brain file or brain folder in the computer. Even if we do not pay attention to our task in hand, it is all filed away in what we call memory.  We tend to forget about them until such time we will do, watch, read or eat something that will jog that memory .

We dream of many things once we are sleeping and it is our brain that takes little bits from here and there within our memories, hence the times we do remember our dreams, they do not make sense.

Some dreams are happy or silly, whilst others appear scary or just downright senseless. Most people dream in colour, though some people dream in black and white or shades of brown (sepia). People do strange things in their dreams that they would never consider doing in life, like flying or jumping of tall buildings or swimming.

Some people believe dreams mean something or that it is a premonition, whilst others think they are just jumbled thoughts. Those who believe dreams mean some thing will try to analyze them. It is difficult to study dreams, as it is not some thing that can be done in a laboratory, though it is said our brainwaves are more active when dreaming than when we are awake.

Bad or scary dreams are often thought to be caused by stress, trauma or worries in the dreamers life. Almost every one at some stage in their life has had a bad dream with many being able to wake them selves up when it happens.

Many people believe if they dream they are falling and hit the bottom, they will die. It is now known this is not true as many people have had this dream and lived to tell the tale.

One third of our lives are spent dreaming and in our lifetime we will have spent 2,100 days in a different world in our dreams. Dreams are as old as mankind.
Blind people dream, but whether they have visual images in their dreams depends on whether they were blind at birth or in later life. It is believed that five minutes after the end of a dream, half of it is forgotten and after ten minutes, 90% is lost.

The word ‘Dream’ comes from the word ‘Dreme’ meaning ‘Joy and Music’. If a dreamer is woken immediately after REM sleep, they are able to recall their dream with more detail than those who have slept through the night and it is said that if a person is snoring then they cannot possibly be dreaming. A poll in US showed that 67% had experienced Déjà vu in their dreams, occurring more in women than men.

Patty Brown

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