WHY WE DREAM
Over time there has been extensive research on sleep and dreaming, REM and various stages of sleep, yet there are still no definite answers as to why we dream. Some professors suggest that dreams could be completely meaningless while some strongly feel it is the brain’s way of absorbing memories, solving problems and processing emotions. It could therefore be seen as important to dream so that we aid our emotional health. Dreams are also said to be a form of consciousness that combines the past, present and future which can help us to process information and emotionally prepare ourselves for what is to come. It is said that during a typical full night’s sleep of eight hours, we have between three and seven dreams and dream for approximately two hours. Some believe that our brain absorbs so much information while we are in a conscious state that it needs to process and declutter the useful information from the unimportant information, sifting out the latter.
Dreams give us a roadmap of our underlying memory system and how our brain reacts to these memories, our thoughts about ourselves and others, can create random dreams. Often random dreams depict an inner anxiety that most of us have. Have you dreamt about driving and never being able to reach your destination? Or perhaps losing something or someone and being in a state of panic? Our brain houses our anxieties and worries and sometimes processes them by combining them with memories or current thoughts. These dreams are not important, relevant or helpful to us at all.
The phrase ‘Sleep on it’ clearly describes that if you cannot find a solution or make a decision,
go to bed and you may know in the morning.
While we can have random and unimportant dreams, we can also have meaningful dreams. These dreams are often our brain’s way of finding and processing solutions to problems that we may have. The phrase ‘Sleep on it’ clearly describes that if you cannot find a solution or make a decision, go to bed and you may know in the morning. During the night our brain will be working hard to help us in finding the answers that we need. These dreams are often emotional in some way, whether you feel worried, guilty, inspired, happy or at peace – they are our brain’s way of helping us process inner thoughts and deep emotions. It is said that some dreams can give us a pre-warning for the future, a feeling where you have been in the situation before and almost forearmed at how to deal with it.
MOST COMMON DREAMS
The most common dreams amongst us are the following:
- FALLING – the feeling of falling in dreams is unpleasant and scary! This is often a dream that is a method of helping us to let go of a situation and move on
- BEING NAKED – This is usually because in current life you are feeling vulnerable whether emotionally, physically or psychologically.
- FLYING – Flying in a dream often shows that you have let go of negative situations, that you are free from ties that drained you, and that you are now in control of your life.
- RUNNING & BEING CHASED – this is quite an obvious dream, whether you are running away or being chased by someone, it conveys that you are not properly dealing with a situation.
- TEETH FALLING OUT – this is a very common dream and often happens when we feel we are losing confidence in ourselves or power over a situation.
- PREGNANCY & BABY – These dreams often do not mean pregnancy, but a new beginning for you, a rebirth or transformation in your life, whether it’s relationships, a new job, a new house or project.
DREAMS VS VISIONS
Visions are different to dreams in that they appear to be very real, very detailed and as clear as day. They are often a vision or prediction of a future event. It is also believed that our loved ones who have passed over communicate to us through our dreams, and that these dreams are actually visions or ‘visitations’. A visitation dream is not brought to us from our unconscious mind but instead from a person who is not still physically with us. They say that this way of communication is often the easiest because while we are in a sleep state, we cannot block the communication so it is easier for them to come through. These dreams are not long, they are usually short, very real, to the point and very powerful.
PUBLISHED: 19 jANUARY 2016