Dream interpretation: what do your dreams mean?

by JANET BONILLA

Staff Writer

Dream interpretation- JanetDreams are one of the greatest mysteries of science. And quite frankly, they never really make sense. Why do certain dreams happen and what do they actually mean?

A person may constantly dream something freaky or out of the ordinary. Have you ever had a abnormal dream and were left wondering what it actually meant? You are not alone. Several people around the world have wondered what their dreams are actually trying to tell them. Some dreams are a signal of what is yet to come.  It is no question that sometimes certain “realistic” dreams can cause you to feel déjà vu.

Dreams like these can also be called precognitive dreams. Researchers like Nancy Sondow have tied in precognitive dreams to déjà vu. She has found evidence that explicitly states that precognitive dreams have been known to tie in anywhere from one day to eight years later. However, often than not, people still question the existence of this phenomenon. Some people say that déjà vu simply does not exist and that it is simply an everyday thing. A logic explanation would be that if the event is a matter of higher importance, it is more likely to be remembered and therefore, dreamt about.

Everyone dreams at night, even mammals and most birds. A dream is the experience you envision in your head during sleep pertaining to images, sounds, or other sensations while you are having your beauty sleep. They are purely an internal mental process. However, most dreams are certainly much more than that. Everyone dreams every night — even if we don’t remember our dreams.

Sigmund Freud’s theory is that your dreams are an expression of what you are repressing during the time you are awake. Carl Jung believed that dreams provide messages about “lost” or “neglected” parts of ourselves that need to be reintegrated. Many dreams simply come from a preoccupation with the day’s activities. Some offer rich, symbolic expressions — an interface between the conscious and the unconscious that can fill in the gaps of our self-knowledge and provide information and insight.

Tom Scammell, MD, associate professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, has stated that no one knows why we dream. “There is a strong movement in the research community to research how sleep improves memory and learning,” Scammell says. “One speculative possibility is that dreaming allows you the opportunity to practice things you may or may not ever have to do, like running away or fighting off a predator.”

Three or four times a night, you have a period of sleep that lasts approximately 90 minutes called REM — rapid eye movement — which is also known as sleep. It is during this time, that your brain is more active than ever. And according to Scammell, it’s then that conditions are right for “story-like” dreams that are much more vivid and plentiful  in action, complexity, and emotion.

“You are most likely to recall dreams if you wake at the end of a REM episode,” says Scammell. “Americans, who are chronically sleep-deprived, probably miss out on some REM sleep. This builds up pressure for REM sleep. So when you’re catching up on your sleep, you may have more REM sleep with more intense dreams.”

Dreams originate from what you think about late at night. Scientists have speculated that if you dream about somebody in particular, it must mean that they fell asleep thinking about you. It’s a crazy concept and has yet to be proven true. Have you looked into what your dreams mean?

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