Have you ever awakened from a dream that was so lively and lifelike that it seemed 100% real? That’s such a surreal experience that you’re wondering: what’s a dream right now?Scientists are trying to find out for a while. The basic definition of dreams is: subconscious performances during sleep that contain sounds, images and other sensations.
When do you dream?
Dreams occur in all phases of sleep, but are increasingly fragmented as the evening progresses. Dreams are especially important during the REM (rapid eye movement or rapid eye movements). REM is a sleep stage where your body is paralyzed and only your eyes move very fast and fast. This phase accounts for approximately 20 to 25 percent of an adult’s sleep and occurs at intervals ranging from a few minutes to 30 minutes. You are going to sleep a REM several times a night and when you wake up in the morning, your dream will be worse in your mind.
The dreams that occur during non-REM sleep tend to be shorter, but more coherent than REM dreams. REM dreams that occur early in the night often also have recent experiences but are less concentrated than their non-REM counterparts. Conversely, REM dreams that occur late in the evening are usually extra bizarre and inconsistent.
What are you dreaming about?
In general, our dreams are made up of a blend of previous experiences. They contain loose fragments: places we’ve been, faces we’ve seen, situations that are partly familiar. These fragments can be stuck together or organized in a structured and realistic way without logical order. Dreams can actually go everywhere. They can be magical and exciting, very strange or even frightening (that’s the nasty dreams, nightmares or night-dreams). Dreams can be about the closest people, such as family members, friends and pets, but also people you’ve never seen before. They can play in a familiar place, such as the office where you work. But it can also be a distant location like the moon or a fictional place, such as the home of a main character of a television series.