Dreaming is the brain’s way of dumping excess data. Dreaming allows our minds to adapts to the external environment by evaluating perceptions, regulating emotional arousal and rehearsing behavioral responses. In this article we will try to learn why do we dream, what causes dream, the science of dreaming.
Why Do We Dream? What Causes Dream? The Science of Dreaming
REM Stage :- The sleep stage where we start dreaming is called Rapid Eye Movement (REM). Dreaming occurs most often and intensely during the REM sleep. REM is when the brain’s neuroelectric systems rise to peak levels as high as levels found in waking consciousness.
However, dreaming can also occur outside of REM sleep. REM sleep is neither necessary nor sufficient for dreaming.
REM sleep helps in the growth and development of the brain in the newborns. Newborn spend up-to 80 % of their sleep in the REM phase which leads to neutral maturation and psychological development. The brain experiences intense visionary imagery while dreaming during which it shifts into a different mode of regional activation. Areas focused on attention and rational thinking become less active while areas involved with emotions and visual imagination become more active which can generate some intense visionary experiences.
The content of your dream are often related to your daily life experiences including your concerns, activities and beliefs when you are awake. When things happen that do not correspond to normal waking life. It could signal the emergence of metaphorical insights.
Metaphorical themes and images in dreams have a long history in art and creativity. The unpredictable nature of dreaming generates conceptual novelty and innovation.
Lucid Dreaming : The mind is also capable of lucid self-awareness while dreaming. Lucid dreaming occurs when the dreamer is aware that he is dreaming. Watching yourself from an outside perspective. It begins in the middle of a dream when you realize that the experience is not occurring in physical reality. It turns your dream world into an alternate reality where all of your senses come to life and are authentic. Lucid dreaming happens when the conscious brain wakes up during sleep.
Dreaming is like a psychological thermostat meant to keep us healthy, balanced and ready to react.