Why do we dream? Dreams are chances to eavesdrop on a conversation between our unconscious and conscious minds offering us opportunities to understand ourselves better and achieve greater inner harmony. Dreams are an integral part of mental life. Dreams are the images, thoughts and feelings experienced while asleep.
Scientists have been studying dreams for less than 50 years. American scientist, Professor Nathaniel Kleitman from the University of Chicago is recognized as the father of sleep research and is credited as the first scholar to study sleep.
Kleitman and his student Eugene Aserinsky discovered REM sleep (Rapid Eye Movement). They demonstrated that REM is correlated with dreaming, brain activity and is a normal stage of sleep.
Vividly recalled dreams mostly occur during REM sleep. Do you have trouble remembering dreams after you wake up in the morning? Scientific research indicates we can remember about 80 percent of each dream episode if we are awaked immediately after its completion. But this drops to about 30 percent with in the next eight minutes or so and then rapidly declines to about five percent. Generally speaking, dreams often relate to what might be, rather than what actually is.
Our dreams could be suggesting many things. Have you ever asked yourself; what does my dream mean? Maybe you might wish to broaden your horizons or explore new avenues and opportunities. Sometimes dreams seem to warn us of dangers or to caution us to think more carefully about a particular course of action. We all dream.
Have you ever had a snake dream, an ocean dream, a teeth dream, a bad dream, hair dreams or maybe just some strange dreams. One thing that is clear, our dreams are far too important to be ignored.