Did you know people can dream up to 1-2 hours a night? We all dream-even if we don’t remember it the next morning. Dreams can be meaningful, entertaining, disturbing, or even downright bizarre. But what are dreams and why do we dream?
What Are Dreams?
Dreams are basically stories and images that our mind creates while we sleep. Dreams can be very vivid. They can make you feel happy, sad, or scared and they may seem confusing or perfectly rational.
Dreams can occur anytime during sleep but most vivid dreams occur during deep REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, when the brain is most active. Some experts say we dream at least four to six times per night and the longest dreams last 30-40 minutes and usually occur in the morning.
Why Do We Dream?
There are many theories about why we dream, but no one knows for sure. Some researches ay dreams have no purpose or meaning and are nonsensical activities of the sleeping brain. Others say dreams are necessary for mental, emotional, and physical health.
Studies have shown the importance of dreams to our health and well-being. In one study, researchers woke subjects just as they were drifting off into REM sleep. They found that those who were not allowed to dream experienced some interesting symptoms, such as:
- Increased tension
- Difficulty concentrating
- Lack of coordination
- Weight gain
- Tendency to hallucinate
Other experts say that dreams exist to help solve problems in our lives, incorporate memories, or process emotions. If you go to bed with a troubling thought, you may wake with a solution, or at least feel better about the situation.
Whatever the reason we dream is, it’s clear that dreaming is an important part of our night. We need dreams for good health and to prevent psychosis.
What Happens During Our Dreams?
Sleep is important to a number of brain functions, including how nerve cells communicate with each other. When we dream our brain waves are more active than when we are awake. Recent findings suggest that sleep plays a housekeeping role that removes toxins in your brain that build up while you are awake. Sleep is so important and can also strengthen our memory and extract information from within the day, that is what a lot of our dreams are made up of.
During our dreams interesting things happen:
- We only dream of what we know. Every face in a dream is one you have seen in your lifetime.
- 67% of Americans experience deja vu in dreams and it occurs more often in females.
- Your body is virtually paralyzed during your sleep to prevent the body from acting out your dreams.
- The ability to control our own dreams while still asleep is called lucid dreaming. About 50% of people experience lucid dreaming.
Different scientists and experts have differing opinions of what dreams mean. One way to make sense of your own dreams could be to keep a dream journal. Keep a notebook or journal and pen next to your bed and record your dream first thing every morning, while the memory is still fresh. Write down anything you recall from the dream and how it made you feel, even if you can only remember random pieces of information. If you have been having vivid dreams this may help you to make some sense of it.
We Are Dreamers
The record for the longest sleep is 18 days, 21 hours and 40 minutes. Now I don’t know about you but that’s not realistic to us. At Best Mattress we are dreamers and also understand the importance of a good night sleep whether it is 18 days or 8 hours. Trust Best Mattress to provide you with all that you need to help your night be filled with dreams that will lead to a better sleep in Las Vegas.