WHY DO WE DREAM?

BY: ISABEL RASCON

FACTS ABOUT DREAMING

DREAMS CAN BE ENERTAINING,DISTURBING,OR DOWNRIGHT BIZARRE. WE ALL DREAM EVEN IF WE DONT REMEMBER IT THE NEXT DAY.

WHAT ARE DREAMS?

Dreams are basically stories and images our mind creates while we sleep. Dreams can be vivid. They can make you feel happy, sad, or scared. And they may seem confusing or perfectly rational. Most vivid dreams occur during deep REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep, when the brain is most active. Some experts say we dream at least four to six times per night.

WHY DO WE DREAM?

There are many different theories about why we dream but know on knows for sure. Some researchers say dreams have no purpose or meaning. Others say dreams are necessary for mental, emotional, and physical health.Studies have shown the importance of dreams to our health and well-being. In one study, researchers woke subjects just as they were drifting off into REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep. They found that those who were not allowed to dream experienced:

Many experts say that dreams exist to:

  • Help solve problems in our lives
  • Incorporate memories
  • Process emotions

BIBLIOGRAPHY

International Association for the study of Dreams: "Common Questions About Dreams."

National Sleep Foundation: "In your Dreams."& "Dreams and Sleep."

Dream Science.org: "The Science of Dreaming."

University of California Santa Cruz: "The Quantitative Study of Dreams: Frequently Asked Questions."

PBS.org:"Dreams : Expert Q&A."

Reviewed by Varnada Karriem- Norwood on September 25, 2014