Human beings spend one-third of our lives asleep and yet dreaming is still a mystery to us. Even experts are not decided on what exactly happens inside our minds when we’re asleep. What is known for sure is that dreams are created because of our memories and our emotions. We dream so that our minds can organize all the files we have stored up there, and then they decide which memories to keep. Our brain picks and chooses what is necessary for us to remember and what we can forget.
Dreams are usually weird because all of our memories, and feelings associated with those memories, are being organized and moved about in our brains, forming their own connections and growing from there. In our sleep, these memories take different shapes, due to our emotions surrounding them, and create thoughts and ideas that we would never imagine in our daily lives. This is because our conscious minds are shut down and our subconscious takes over.
Even though most people find sleeping a waste of time, seeing as though it takes off around 25-30 years off of our lives, there are actually many benefits to dreaming. Paul McCartney has claimed to have heard some of The Beatles’ greatest hits in his dreams before writing them. Kind of makes you want to take a nap, doesn’t it?
10 Déjà Vu
9 Feeling Anxious In Your Dreams
8 Sex-Related Dreams
7 Waking Up From A Dream Crying or Laughing
6 We Never See Ourselves In Our Dreams
5 Doing Something You Shouldn't Be Doing
4 Dreaming In Black And White
3 Dreams Can Sometimes Foreshadow Actual Events
2 Recurring Nightmares
1 We Can’t Remember Our Dreams
Most of the time, we wake up and are not able to recall what it was that we dreamt about. Sometimes we think we must not have dreamt at all if we can’t even remember them, but in reality everyone dreams several times each night because we go through several sleep cycles. You’ll only remember your dream if you wake up at the end of a sleep cycle, but if you continue to sleep through to the next cycle then you will most likely will not remember that cycle’s dream. Since you have more rapid eye movement (REM) sleep in the early morning, it’s easier to remember a dream when you wake up in the morning than if you were to wake up in the middle of the night.
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