by Ian Schultz

Why do we dream? What do people dream about? What do dreams mean? A dream is when you are asleep and you are in another world. Your brain is making sense of information that happened during the day. There are four stages of sleep. We dream because of the pictures that are going on in our brain. Dreams can be filled with terrifying thoughts and emotions. Sometimes when you dream you might do unusual things you would do that you would not do if you were awake.

When you're asleep your brain is hard at work dreaming. The book the Human Brain explains the four stages of sleep. Sleepers drift through four stages. People go backwards through the stages until they enter something called Rem(rapid eye movement). Rem dreams seem vivid almost real. When woken from rem sleep most people can recall for what they dreamt about. The author states like a yard sale in the brain- a way of getting rid of useless information to make room for new information" (Simpson)

In the book Freaking Out the author states that emotions make a dream. Dreams can be filled with terrifying thoughts. Even if your dreams don't make sense you still have emotions. Sometimes emotions can help you workout problems. In a dream you do things that you wouldn't do in real life. Dreams can be very helpful.

The article Why We Dream is about the purpose of dreaming. People have been trying to discover dreams for centuries. Most dreams happen when someone is deeply asleep. Some say people's dreams don't really have a purpose. Some people say our brain twitches when we dream because our brains are basically huge collections of information. Other experts say that dreams exist to solve problems in our life.

The newspaper article "What do Animals dream about" explains that animals can dream like us. You can observe the evidence that animals might dream. Researchers realized that including a similar state in animals could allow them to probe how they can dream. When animals move or kick they might be acting out their dream if they suffer from a condition, REM sleep behavior disorder. Punching, kicking, leaping and running are symptoms.

This topic is important because people should learn about why we dream, how we get pictures in our brain, and how emotion helps us dream. Dreams help us with our emotions.

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5 To Know Before You Go

  • We have dreams because we think of something in our mind and when wake up we have stories to share with other people.
  • Rem is no longer a mystery to scientists.
  • The Rem sleeper's body temerature rises and falls with room temerature
  • Besides dreams, some scientists think your brain uses Rem sleep to continue learning.
  • If you have a big test you might think it makes sense to stay up all night studying. But you may actually do better if you study earlier and make time for a good night's sleep.


Ray, Dana Meachen. Freaking Out! North Mankato MN: Compass Point, 2012. Print.

Simpson, Kathleen. "Sleep and Dreams." The Human Brain inside Your Body's Control Room. Washington D.C: National Geographic, 2009. N. pag. Print.

"What Do Animals Dream about?" Kashmir Images [Spingar] 28 Apr. 2014: n. pag. ProQuest. Web. 3 Dec. 2014.

"Why Do We Dream?" Pbskids. PBS, 2005. Web. 8 Dec. 2014. <http://pbskids.org/itsmylife/emotions/dreams/article2.html>.