7 Questions About Dreams

· November 11, 2014

The world of dreams has always been one of great interest, both for scientists as well as ordinary people.  Some people believe they are an area of our unconscious that the brain uses to reorganize ideas and memories, and is an area for activity.  Dreams form an entire series of questions that you would like to have answered.

1. Why don’t we remember all of our dreams?

reconcile dreamsI bet you’ve gotten up quite a few times in the morning with the feeling of having dreamed something pleasant or unpleasant, but you just can’t remember the details of it.  This is normal.  Dreams take place back to back without giving the brain time to cement the memory, just the emotion.  That’s why you just have the sensation of anguish or pleasure.  It’s interesting, however, to know that people who wake up several times throughout the night are the ones that remember their dreams more.  Why is that?  It’s very simple; when the dream ends and you wake up, the dream cements the memory better.  But if you continue to sleep, the memory doesn’t stick.

2. People react in their dreams as if they were awake

dreamsSo that’s it.  It’s almost like you could say that your personality continued being you with all your emotional intensity while you sleep.  That means that if you get angry with someone in a dream, you will feel that anger with all your intensity.  If you feel happy about seeing someone again, that emotion will be sincere.  The same is true with fear during nightmares.  Emotions are real in an imaginary world.

3. Smells influence dreams

lavender-rutgerIf you’re in a room that smells bad, is moist, or smells like trash or any other unpleasant smell, your brain will immediately associate it with something unpleasant and will cream a dream that is equally as unpleasant or threatening.  On the other hand, if you decorate your room with something pleasant, like lavender or rose perfume, your sleep will be much deeper, calm and relaxing.

4. Dreams always have an origin

tumblr_mrski5niP11scrdzqo1_500Dreaming that you’re being following, that you fall, someone tries to hurt you or that you have an accident is a direct response to your worries, stress and anxiety.  During periods of great unrest or when you have a lot of stress and anxiety, your nightmares will be more recurrent.  If you dream of being with someone already passed, it’s because in some way you are worrying or anxious about something, and you desire that person that has already passed, whom you miss, to give you some advice.  Whenever you have a nightmare, try to find out why.

5. All living beings dream

people with pet's women's enjoymentDogs, cats, rats, people and dolphins.  All living beings dream.  But this is particularly curious in terms of dolphins.  Why?  Cetaceans need to keep swimming in the ocean and stay afloat.  If their brain remains unconscious, they end up drowning and could even die from not breathing.  That’s why one side of their brain never rests.

6. And if I dream that I die?

Remedies to treat anxietyA lot of people believe that dying in a dream is a bad omen, and that something bad is definitely waiting for them in the future.  This is erroneous and has no grounds.

Authors like Rubin Neiman say that when this happens,we think about what causes it in our own dream, and we investigate.  The brain always stores messages through dreamscape images, and the idea of seeing your own death could mean something specific.  The need to end a chapter in your life?  To admit something is over, a job, a relationship?  Only you can know what it means.

7. The brain acts like the intestines at night

brainUndoubtedly a curious image.  As we already know, the intestines are in charge of digesting and grabbing nutrients, and channelizing food.  The brain, on its end, does essentially the same thing at night.  It digests experiences and lessons.It separates what is important and eliminates things that aren’t.  It integrates our memory, it reorganizes it, and manages and filters information; this is something truly curious to keep in mind.  

So remember, sleeping is a biologic necessity that you should not abandon.  Take good care of your sleep habits with simple strategies, eat dinner two hours before going to bed, stop using your computer or phone an hour before going to bed because they act as stimulants.  Take a relaxing bath and end the day with an infusion.  Sleep is a basic part of health, just like dreams.