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Dreams

November 1, 2017

Dreams are series of thoughts, images, and sensations that occur in a person’s mind during sleep. Dreams can take in many shapes, ordinary to overly surreal and bizarre. They can have varying natures ranging from being frightening, exciting, magical, melancholic, and adventurous. There are also many types of dreams such as daydreams, lucid dreams(when you “wake up” while dreaming), nightmares, recurring dreams, and life-changing dreams (when you experience a transformation). Dreams usually have symbols within them, with meanings behind them weather they’re nightmares or lucid dreams. Common dreams include water, fire, flying, falling, death, and getting chased. The meanings behind them include Water/ Fire: feeling overwhelmed or unsupported, Flying: you are happy/ uplifted, Falling: something you want to let go, Death: being scared of change, and Getting Chased: feeling under pressure. There are also things that influence your dreams such as sounds, smells, sleeping position, state of mind, quitting, and drugs and vitamins. Sounds such as alarms or music affect our dreams. They somehow make their ways into the
storylines of your dreams. Music dreamers have also experienced hearing music while dreaming, music that
they’ve never heard before, implying that we can create out own musical art in our sleep. Smell, either positive or negative affects your dreams. Positive smells such as flowers give off positive dreams, and negative smells such as rotten foods produce negative dreams. Sleeping positions such as sleeping on your stomach create themes such as not being able to breathe. Your state of mind, weather you’re happy or sad, influences your mind. For example, if you’re depressed, your dreams usually are black and white.
Quitting something can influence your dream. Similar to “Your state of mind”, you can dream about things that you want to quit such as overeating and smoking. Lastly, drugs and vitamins can make your dreams seem ‘bizarre’. They can also make you less likely remember your dreams. Studies of Neurobiology (nerves), accumulated from observations have shown that dreams were heavily correlated with Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep, also known as the “waking states”. During this time, most people dreaming aren’t aware that they’re dreaming. Their dreams at the end of the night might have only lasted as long as an average of
15 minutes. Studies show that kids younger than 10 dream about 20% of the time of the REM sleep. People over 10 generally dream at least 4 to 6 times per night. Most of them, 95-99% of the time, forget our dreams. The reason why you can’t recall most of your dreams remain unknown for now. However, one theory states that “you’re not concentrating on them while you’re snoozing”, which means that people who are more interested in their dreams are likelier to recall them. Another theory regarding your lack of recalling dreams is due to a hormone related with your memories called norepinephrine. It is thought to be turned off while you sleep, therefore your brain doesn’t encrypt them into our memories.

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