Dreams are the most amazing part of human life. No one has even seen a dream awake. The most imaginary world exists in dreams. Everyone has their definition of dream. We’re all captivated by our dreams, but most of us don’t really know what they stand for. The irony of the situation is that the rest of us can’t even recall our dreams.
Experts suggest that keeping a closer eye on your dreams can in fact help you improve your life.
This is what exactly when you go to sleep. In the first 90 minutes of sleep, you go through deepening stages ranging from light sleep to deep sleep. Upon entering REM sleep, heart rate and breathing become irregular eyes move rapidly and brain activity rises toward the same level as when you’re awake. That’s when you do about 80 percent of your active dreaming and when dreams are most dramatic. You’ll go through this sleep cycle three to five times during the night. During sleep the rest of the body essentially becomes paralyzed. It’s the nature’s way of making sure you don’t act out your dreams, whether it’s repeatedly kicking your spouse or jumping off the bed and hurting yourself. Dreams can help you tap into the emotional issues in your waking life. On the other, they’re also a way for your brain to catalog the events of the day.
Dreams can be dangerous sometimes. Research suggests that up to 8 percent of adults suffer from chronic nightmares, like drowning or being chased, at least once a week. Most of them are caused by stress. Bad dreams are result of mind’s way of processing stress and figuring out how to deal with it in future. Dreams seems to be so real because your brain is just as active when you dream as when you’re awake. Some parts of the brain like the occipital lobe which processes images and the amygdala which regulates emotions are even more active when dreaming. This is why a dream can seem so vivid and evoke so much emotion that you wake up happy or sad.
It’s a false sense of familiarity created in your mind by previously glimpsing certain aspects of the object or situation. Your brain is just tricking you into thinking that you’ve seen it before. Anxiety is the most common emotion to experience while dreaming. It kind of feels like a nightmare but you feel more stressed than scared. These types of dreams could be due to either a childhood trauma that you have experienced in the past to a conflict that you’re dealing with in the present.