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Jun
09

Dreams – Why do we dream?


Cool Quiz explains

Two different schools of thought exist as to why we dream: the physiological school, and the psychological school. Both, however, agree that we dream during the REM, or rapid eye movement, phase of sleep.

The physiological theory centers upon how our body, specifically our brains, function during the REM phase of sleep. Proponents of this theory believe that we dream to exercise the synapses, or pathways, between brain cells, and that dreaming takes over where the active and awake brain leaves off. When awake, our brains constantly transmit and receive messages, which course through our billions of brain cells to their appropriate destinations, and keep our bodies in perpetual motion. Dreams replace this function.

Psychological theorists of dreams focus upon our thoughts and emotions, and speculate that dreams deal with immediate concerns in our lives, such as unfinished business from the day, or concerns we are incapable of handling during the course of the day. Dreams can, in fact, teach us things about ourselves that we are unaware of.

Am not very sure which theory to bank on. There have been times when I have dreamt of wars and conspiracies and stuff like that. There have also been times (when I was preparing for IIT) when I have dreamt of hydrocarbon compounds, hydrogen bonds etc… Probably it was this time when I was having an overdose of chemistry. The second theory explains this.

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