Why do you dream?

February 11, 2011

I have a lot of dreams.  And sometimes, I get nightmares too.  Some of my dreams and nightmares are so vibrant and genuine that images would haunt me throughout the day.   I used to have a dream journal where I would chronicle my dreams if I could remember them, right after I wake up.  I would furiously scribble in fear of forgetting every detail.  Then, after a few weeks, I’d read through them and try to piece the excerpts together in hopes of understanding myself better.  It’s pretty hilarious because if you see the journal, you can hardly make out the handwriting.  (Of course it’s because I was half-awake when I jotted down the dreams)

 

Interesting facts about nightmares:

  • Most vivid dreams develop in the early morning (5am onwards) when you’re experiencing the longest period of REM (rapid eye movement) sleep.  Rapid eye movement is a stage when your eyes move back and forth beneath your eyelids.
  • Nightmares may be a way to relieve the pressures of the day
  • Certain medications can cause nightmares
  • Some studies show that people who are more sensitive, intuitive, creative, or imaginative are more prone to have nightmares because they are more empathetic and in tune with their surroundings

Emotional causes

I’ve discovered that many of my dreams are mostly made up of my past experiences and present fears and insecurities.   It’s quite amazing how non-confrontational you can be about very deep and personal matters during the day, but somehow, your internal system manages to exhibit them while you’re asleep.  If you frequently experience dreams, you may want to keep track of what you dream about and take some time to analyze your dreams.  Additionally, recalling your dreams and when they specifically occur can also be an accurate measure of your current emotional condition and stress levels, and prompt you to address them. Who knows, your bed just may be the venue for some much-needed internal reflection.