Have you ever had a dream you wouldn’t mind getting back to? Have you ever had a dream that left you feeling angry or upset and you wish you could change the dream’s outcome? Have you ever been in the middle of dreaming something really pleasant that you would love to get a chance to finish?
This morning, I woke up from a happy dream, that still felt incomplete. I tried to go back into the same dreamland and continue from where I dropped, but alas! I couldn’t. As sad as it is, I knew I couldn’t resume the film that got paused on it’s own, no matter for how many times I might repeat the cycle of sleeping, waking up and then sleeping again.
No wonder, our brain is considered to be most complicated object in the known universe. So many researchers have tried to decode this complexity for centuries, yet we’ve only scratched the surface.
Not just this brain is complex, but, it is also the most outstanding organ, a human body has. While the body needs rest atfer working for certain busy hours, brain never sleeps. During the day it works in assisting our work while at night it makes us dream.
Dreams are not just the byproduct of sleep, but serve their own important functions in our well-being so much so that a lack of dreaming is more of a consequence of overall poor sleep. Dreams consist of the stories and images that our minds create while we sleep. They can be entertaining, fun, romantic, disturbing, frightening, and sometimes bizarre, hence, they can make us go through all the emotions that we might be lacking in our real lives.
Many speculations have been made regarding the reasonings behind the dreams through out the centuries. The ancient Egyptians thought of dreams as simply a different form of seeing, with trained dreamers serving as seers to help plan battles and make state decisions. On the other hand, the ancient Greeks and Romans believed that dreams were equal parts predictions of future events and visitations by the dead. It’s only in the recent years, that we have such advances in technology that make it possible to study brain activity in ways that may help us understand what really happens when we dream. However, much about the life of dreams remains a mystery. Many scientists now just believe that dreaming is as simply thinking in a different biochemical state.
Fast facts on dreams
- We may not remember dreaming, but everyone is thought to dream between 3 and 6 times per night
- It is thought that each dream lasts between 5 to 20 minutes.
- Around 95 percent of dreams are forgotten by the time a person gets out of bed.
- Dreaming can help you learn and develop long-term memories.
- Blind people dream more with other sensory components compared with sighted people.
It is often said that 5 minutes after the end of a dream, we have forgotten 50 percent of its content, and 10 minutes later, we have forgotten 90 percent. Dream researchers estimate that around 95 percent of all dreams are forgotten entirely upon awakening. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could just remember all the plasant dreams while forgetting only the sad ones.
But, that is not something that an ordinary human can control. Perhaps, we are gifted with dreams to have the chance to live in a parallel universe with a different us, experiencing something extra ordinary. Then, once we wake up, we are back to our lives forgetting the world we lived in for few hours.
Take care and have a sweet dream tonight!
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