Friday, March 14, 2008

The Basics

Before we proceed further, let’s start with the basics shall we? Why we dream in the first place? Although it is not known for certain but there are couple of theories:-

From Think Quest:-

There is no proven fact on why we dream, which is why there are so many theories on the topic. There is Freud's theory that dreams carry our hidden desires and there is Jung's theory that dreams carry meaning, although not always of desire and that these dreams can be interpreted by the dreamer.

After these theories, others continued such as the Cayce theory in that dreams are our bodies’ means of building up of the mental, spiritual and physical well-being. Finally came the argument between Evans' theory and the Crick and Mitchinson theory.

Evans states that dreaming is our bodies’ way of storing the vast array of information gained during the day, whereas Crick and Mitchinson say that this information is being dumped rather than stored.

From Why We Dream:-

Dreaming is Nature’s solution to the problems emotions cause animals and humans. (An emotion is another word for an expectation.) Stress, for example, is caused by an accumulation of arousal patterns in the autonomic nervous system that are not being dearoused by taking the necessary actions that would do so.

The prime function of dreams is to metaphorically act out undischarged emotional arousals (expectations) that were not acted out during the previous day. By dreaming we complete the arousal/dearousal circuit so as to wake up with an unstressed autonomic nervous system and our instincts intact.

And there interesting facts about dream at least in my family, I dream almost every night (so as I remember) but my wife does not. And when I related back the dream to her in full color and action, she often complains why she can’t get such dreams. Of course, sex related dreams are to be watch out for guys usually (with bad consequences of getting wet on bed) but there are type of dreams that is simply amazing as well for both guys are girls.

From How Stuff Works:-

  • Most dreams last anywhere from five to 20 minutes.
  • People don't only dream in black and white, as was once believed.
  • Even though they may not remember them, everyone dreams several times a night. In fact, during a typical lifetime, we spend about six years dreaming.
  • People who have been blind from birth have dreams that are formed from their other senses (e.g., touch, smell, sound).
  • When people are snoring, they're not dreaming.
  • Elephants (and some other animals) sleep standing up during non-REM sleep, but lie down for REM sleep.
  • It is said that five minutes after the end of a dream, we have forgotten 50 percent of the dream's content. Ten minutes later, we've forgotten 90 percent of its content. Why is that? We don't forget our daily actions that quickly. The fact that they are so hard to remember makes their importance seem less.
It is true that I often forget what I have dreamed about the night before but similar dreams the next night leaves a sense déjà-vu. There has been very interesting dreams and if possible, I want to get it down on records. Who knows, perhaps one I can compile it into a great interesting story.

So, how to recall them? From How Stuff Works:-

  • When you go to bed, tell yourself you will remember your dreams.
  • Set your alarm to go off every hour and half so you'll wake up around the times that you leave REM sleep -- when you're most likely to remember your dreams. (Or, drink a lot of water before you go to bed to ensure you have to wake up at least once in the middle of the night!)
  • Keep a pad and pencil next to your bed.
  • Try to wake up slowly to remain within the "mood" of your last dream.
Out of the above tips, the one that I am doing is drinking a lot of water before sleep. On the positive side, it helps me to remember my dreams, on the negative side is of course, it disturbs my sleep, causing me to wake up tired in the morning.

With basic things aside, let start with the dreams...

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