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Where Do Dreams Come From?

Posted @ 7/30/2012 11:42 AM In Sleep By
   
 

Girl Peacefully Sleeping on Memory Foam Mattress


Where do dreams come from? Where dreams come from has always been an area of interest for people. That is why there are a lot of people who like to have their dreams interpreted. The true origin of where dreams come from and what they convey is still rather mysterious.

According to Dictionary.com, Dreams are defined as “a succession of images, thoughts, or emotions passing through the mind during sleep.”

There are several stages of sleep in which dreams occur. But they occur most frequently and are most vivid during the first stage of REM sleep. This period of sleep is the most vital portion of sleep since it is where body and mind are restored and healed.

Do you put much importance on your dreams? If not, you are probably one of the people who rarely recalls dreaming. If you were to get the recommended eight hours of sleep a night, you would go through at least 4 stages of REM sleep which would result in hours of being in the stage where dreams are most frequent. Many people never recall having dreams, or only remember dreams every few days. However, if a person is awakened during REM sleep, they more often than not do recall their dreams.

Through scientific studies, it is believed that dreams occur because of the process during REM sleep when the brain synapses are activated and intensive firing of neuronal pathways that hold memories and experiences occurs. This process could very well be what causes dreaming and recalling of prior experiences, future goals and a mix of the two.

Most common dreams are those of individuals being chased, embarrassed, failing something, or falling. All of these dreams can be derived from different situations and causes. Everyone puts a different emphasis on different aspects of their life; so similar dreams can have different interpretations based on the person and his/her experiences.

While dreams are still a mystery, it is known that REM sleep is essential for the body and mind’s health and wellness. Going through enough stages of REM at night is what will allow you to function adequately during the daytime.

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