Most people associate Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep with a period of sleep in which dreams are most vivid. While this is often the case, there is much more to REM sleep than dreams.
The philosophy that dreams are trying to reveal important messages is not a new school of thought. It’s been around for ages – and in many cultures. Sigmund Freud, for instance, was convinced that dreams have meaning. Native American tribes, such as the Iroquois, considered dreams to be sacred, and treated the interpretations of their dreams as law in matters such as marriage and even war.
The exact science behind why people dream is still a mystery, but recent research using computer technology now brings us closer to understanding dreams.
Functional Magnetic Resonance Image (fMRI) scans can essentially “see” our dreams by revealing visual images our brains have while we are dreaming. What’s more, a computer is able to predict what you are dreaming about while asleep based upon your brainwave activity, according to a new study out of Japan.
Recurring dreams can be as frightening as a night terror when you don’t understand what they mean. It might even feel like you’re the only person who experiences them, whether they are dreams that feel real (lucid dreams) or premonition dreams. That really isn’t the case though. Most people will experience them at various stages of life. The key is to discover what your recurring dream might be trying to tell you.
There are 5 distinct sleep stages, with REM sleep being one of them. Most people fall into the REM sleep stage nightly, and many experience it four or five times each night.
What is REM Sleep?
REM stands for rapid eye movement, and is characterized by random, fast-darting movements of the eyes. While the amount of time you spend in REM sleep varies depending on your age, most adults spend up to 25 percent of their total sleep time in REM sleep. On the other hand, newborns spend more than 75 percent of their sleep time in REM sleep.
Once upon a time, great significance was placed on symbols within dreams. Wars were fought based on nothing more than symbols discovered in dreams. Today, people focus far less on dreams and even dismiss important clues our dreams are providing us with in the form of symbols. However, if you’re having dreams, particularly recurring dreams, some believe there could be a message within the dream that you’re simply not receiving.
Who doesn’t love a great midnight snack? The problem is, those midnight snacks might not be showing your body the love it really needs to receive from the food you eat. In fact, late night eating may have a few unexpected and certainly unwanted side effects. You should be aware of the potential pitfalls involved in eating before bed before you take another bite of your favorite late night snack attack fix.
Downside of Eating Before Bed
The bedtime routine in your house may invite late night snacks, or even after dinner snacks. But, are these snacks as good for your body as you think they are? Probably not. These are a few of the potential side effects associated with eating before bed that you need to know about.
While many people around the world scoff at the idea of premonition dreams, many people are thought to have had them—even the skeptics. The thing to keep in mind about premonition dreams is that they aren’t always the foretelling of bad things to happen in your life. Sometimes, they bring good news. Unfortunately, those dreams are rarely credited for the premonitions of good fortune they really are.
The science behind dreams is complex, and certainly not clear-cut. While there are the believers that think our dreams — including premonition dreams — mean something, there are other naysayers who don’t.
What is a Premonition Dream?
How do you know a dream you’re having is a premonition dream? What makes it different from other dreams you have? Sometimes a dream is just a dream, right? Premonition dreams are certainly different from lucid dreams, which is the name of the type of dream coined by Frederick van Eeden, and describes the act of dreaming while knowing you are dreaming. However, when dreams foretell a future event, warn of a major health crisis or death (like they did in the Sandra Bullock 2007 film “Premonition“), seem abnormally vivid, recurs over several nights, is shared by others, or occurs in combination with physical symptoms, the chances are that it’s a premonition dream.
Lucid dreaming is a phenomenon that has been well documented over the past centuries. It’s a term that is used to describe the act of dreaming while being aware that you’re dreaming. In other words, dreams that feel real. In some instances the dreamer can even control the dream to some degree in order to determine its outcome or influence what takes place within the dream.
According to Edward Bixler of Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, who is a professor of psychology specializing in electrophysiology of sleep and sleep disorders, lucid dreams are what happens “when a person recognizes he or she is dreaming while in a dreaming state and often manipulates the events within the dream.” This is far from remembering those oh-so-elusive details of dreams after you’ve awakened in the morning.
One of the most interesting and slightly mystifying topics around sleep science is the topic of dreams. Science has come a long way to explain many of our dream states, but perhaps the most interesting dream state to this day is lucid dreaming. Unlike other dream states where the sleeper has no control or even knowledge that they’re dreaming, lucid dreams give the dreamer a chance to be aware of the fact that they’re dreaming. In some lucid dreams, the dreamer can even exert an amount of control over what happens in their dream, which is pretty cool. The images in lucid dreams can be as realistic as the latex foam mattress you’re sleeping on tonight. Let’s find out more about lucid dreams.