“We Need to Go Deeper” Distinguishing the Different Types of Dreams

November 21, 2014

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Dreams come in so many forms and variations that Hollywood has repeatedly explored it possibilities in a lot of great sleep-related films. In fact, the complexity of man’s subconscious has influenced our curiosity to the point where we’ve even discussed if Inception is plausible in real life. But enough about works of fiction; it’s time to get back to reality.

Recent studies have shown that there are at least five classifications of dreams. Each dream type is something that you’ll surely experience at many points in your life, hopefully as you lie comfortably on Uratex’s own Senso Memory Mattress. So without further delay, let’s enumerate each type and try to figure out which ones you’ve experienced the most.

Daydreaming

Daydreaming

Admit it, you’ve done this dozens of times before and not only while you’re lying on your bed. No need to worry about it though, because everyone daydreams! There’s no harm in consciously dreaming your way into an alternate reality where everything goes your way. We’ve all dreamt about of being a mighty superhero as kids. And we’ve probably dreamt about working our dream job without a worry in the world. And who hasn’t imagine spending their day with the love of their life?

To daydream is to escape from the mundane routines of everyday life, but it isn’t healthy to engage in such an activity all the time, especially when you do it in public. Whether you’re still studying or a busy employee, try to keep the daydreaming at a minimum. Focus on your priorities; you can go back to saving the world a little later.

Hallucination

Hallucination

Have you ever experienced “seeing things” that are not actually there? Chances are, you are hallucinating! Otherwise, you’re looking at a ghost or a different form of ethereal being. Either way, you should seek professional help immediately. Treatments for hallucinations caused by mental illness can be handled by special psychiatrists, while other conditions only require prescription drugs.

Hallucination has several distinct causes, but it’s often a side effect of several diseases as well as various drugs. Some hallucinations are so believable and consistent that they somehow find a place in our own reality. Don’t know for sure what we’re talking about? Watch “A Beautiful Mind” and be enlightened.

Deja Vu

Déjà Vu

Déjà Vu occurs when a present event feels like it has happened in the exact same way some time in the past. While it was believed back then that this phenomenon is connected to prophecy or precognition, scientific research proves otherwise.

In his book A Textbook of Psychology, Edward B. Titchener explains that déjà vu transpires when a person’s brain forms a full perception of experience through a person or object encountered in the past, resulting in a false sense of familiarity in the present. Everyone experiences this feeling every now and then. As of now, déjà vu has no correlation with diseases or health, although some drugs are known to enhance its chances to occur.

Nightmares

Nightmares

Everybody has nightmares from time to time as a result of a fever, an awkward sleeping position, a traumatizing experience, and so on. While many perceive it as the opposite of a dream, you should know that a nightmare is just one of its classifications.

Unlike your typical dreams, it incorporates unpleasant emotions like fear, horror, anxiety, despair, and sadness. Those feelings combined is enough to scare you out of your sleep, and it might take quite some time before you recover and manage to doze off again. No need to worry about it too much though; it’s not proven to be unhealthy other from the fact that it may interrupt your slumber.

If you’re someone who consistently suffers from bad dreams, be sure to check out our Elm Street’s Guide to Escaping Nightmares.

Night Terrors

Night Terrors

Though somewhat similar, night terrors actually differ from nightmares because it’s also classified as a sleeping disorder. It occurs less frequently for children and adults alike and it eventually subsides even without therapy or medication. Nevertheless, it’s a horrifying sleeping experience, and someone jolted awake because of night terrors are usually panicky and inconsolable for a long time afterwards.

These are just five types of dreams everyone experience from time to time. Before we end, let’s make it clear that you can’t always categorize your dreams since not all of them can be explained. While you may need professional help in special situations, more often all you can do is sleep and enjoy the show.