Dreams

Alex Ertmann

Did you know that we spend one third of our lives asleep? Did you know that there are different types of sleep cycles while you sleep at night? Did you know the brain stays very busy at night?Learning about sleep and dreams are important because it's one of the most vital thing to do all the day. Some say dreams are our brains "twitching". Some say dreams are a way to process all the events and emotions of the day. Other experts say that dreams exist to solve specific problems in our lives.


Sleep and dreams are very important because it's important to get sleep for your health. As we go to sleep, our muscles relax and our heartbeat and breathing slow. The brain, however, stays very busy, as shown by recordings of brain waves, using an electroencephalograph (EEG) machine. As we fall asleep, brain waves become longer and lower. If we didn't get enough sleep, we get something called sleep debt sleep debt is more than morning sluggishness. Sleep debt is accumulated hours of missed sleep. Sleep debt is not "paid back" overtime, although you may end up sleeping one of two extra hours for a few days after accumulating sleep dreams. Sleep and dreams are very vital because if you don't get sleep for 2 days you will die. Also, dreams might be for storing memories or sorting experiences from the day. Another interesting fact is the emotion part of your brain is very active while you sleep and that could cause a nightmare. In conclusion, it's important to get sleep for your mental, emotional, and physical health.

5 to know before you go

  • You will have more than 1,800 dreams in an average year.
  • Try not to work on a computer, workout, or drink caffeinated drinks to close to bed.
  • Don't exercise
  • Some say dreams don't really have a purpose; they're just one of those things that seem to happen for no reason.
  • Animals can dream too.

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