By: The Dream Team 2016

Why Do We Dream?

Essential to physical, emotional, and mental well-being.

Dreaming serves as a primary purpose.

You dream 3-7 times a night.

What Do Dreams Do For Us?

We dream to practice responses to threatening situations.

- Fight or flight mode is more active when we sleep.

-The part of the brain that practices motor activity such as running and punching fires increasingly during the RNM sleep even though our limbs are still.

Dreams create wisdom

-If we remembered every image of our lives it would clog our brains.

-Dreams sort through memories.

-Sleep turns daily information into wisdom.

- Makes us smart for future decisions.

Dreaming is like defragmenting your hard drive

-we dream in order to forget.

-Scouring for new connections and erase the inefficient ones.

-Dreams are a recording of connections to streamline the system.

Dreams are like Psychotherapy

-Dreaming puts our different emotions into pictures.

-Dreams deal with deal with emotion content in a safe place.

-Allows us to think through emotions in a less rational and defensive frame of mind.

-We come to accept truths we might otherwise repress.

The Science of Lucid Dreaming

Dreams and Behavior

-People are more likely to interpret dreams when it corresponds to their beliefs and desires.

-A component and form of memory processing aiding in the consolidation of learning and short term memory to long term memory storage.

-The mind works through difficult, complicated, unsettling thoughts, emotions and experiences to achieve psychological and emotional balance.

-A form of consciousness that unites past, present and future in processing information from the first two and preparing for the third.

-People who are depressed or anxious are more likely to have stressful, disturbing or frightening dreams sometimes in the form of recurring dreams.