The Mysteries of Dreaming

How they affect us, and reasons why we might have them

The Science of Dreaming

Dreams help increase the ability to learn

We often dream about recent events, which allows us to reproccess them and store them in our memories. Those who get more sleep and therefore have more dreams are proven to learn better, especially when learning skills like a new language or instrument. You've probably often heard that it's easier to learn skills while you're young. This is in part because of dreaming. An adult is on aver in REM sleep 20-25% of their total sleep time, while a newborn is for about 80%. REM sleep is when the most dreams occur, and we are in the deepest sleep. This shows one reason why it is easier to learn new skills while still young.


Dreams have been credited to inspiring many inventions and ideas;

-Ludwig von Beethoven, famous composer and musician

-Mary Shelley, the author of Frankenstein

-Elias Howe, the inventor of sewing machines

Dreaming is an act of pure imagination, attesting in all men a creative power, which if it were available in waking, would make every man a Dante or Shakespeare. ~H.F. Hedge

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Dreams can help us through hard times. If something really painful has happened, and you don't want to think about it, it can be hard to get over the hard times because you never proccess them or dare to search for closure. But inevitably, dreams force us to relive recent events, and while you may not like it at the time, dreams provide a chance to find closure after a tough time.

Dreams often provide insight and convey messages to us.

-If a problem or question has been nagging us, a dream might provide answer that either you knew the whole time or thought of in the context of the dream.

-Very rarely, dreams will allow a person to communicate with another within the dream. This is most often hear of while one of the people is dying, and they say goodbye to the dreamer during their sleep.

Dreams are illustrations... from the book your soul is writing about you.

-Marsha Norman

Why do we dream?

The thing is, nobody knows for sure. But here's some theories that might describe the reason we dream:

-Enables awareness of surroundings; even while sleeping, we often respond to our surrounding through dreams.

-Repairing the brain overnight: dreaming produces chemicals like noradrenaline and serotonin, which we use regularly during the day.

-REM dreams are most vivid right before we wake up, which is also when the brain is most alert, because it will be stimulated soon. If the brain is getting ready to be active, but nothing is happening to it yet, it comes up with its own images and thoughts to fill the empty space.