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Jun
09

Dreams – What is a Dream?


What is a dream? Why do we dream? What happens in a dream? Why can’t we recollect dreams?

I’ll try figuring out answers to each of these in the next series of posts. I’ll start off this one trying to figure out What exactly is a dream?

Wiki says

Dreams are a series of images, ideas, emotions, and sensations occurring involuntarily in the mind during certain stages of sleep. The content and purpose of dreams are not fully understood, though they have been a topic of speculation and interest throughout recorded history.

There is no universally agreed biological definition of dreaming. In 1952 Eugene Aserinsky discovered REM sleep while working in the surgery of his PhD advisor. Aserinsky noticed that the sleepers’ eyes fluttered beneath their closed eyelids, later using a polygraph machine to record their brain waves during these periods.

Found some interesting facts about dreams

  1. During a typical lifespan, a human spends a total of about six years dreaming (which is about two hours each night). Most dreams last only 5 to 20 minutes
  2. Animals have complex dreams and are able to retain and recall long sequences of events while they are asleep
  3. Dreams can link to actual sensations, such as the incorporation of environmental sounds into dreams such as hearing a phone ringing in a dream while it is ringing in reality, or dreaming of urination while wetting the bed
  4. The scientific study of dreams is known as oneirology.
  5. During the REM phase of sleep, our eyes dart rapidly about, our brain activity peaks and muscles suffer temporary paralysis. (Interesting)
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