A layman’s guide to dreams

The Wikipedia’s “simple” definition of dreams is that :

dream is a succession of imagesideasemotions, and sensations that usually occur involuntarily in the mind during certain stages of sleep

Today we will explain about dreams in a simple and easy-to-understand manner so that you don’t have to scratch your head while understanding it.

So let’s begin!

How dreams work, is not fully understood but different fields have made different interpretations of what dreams could mean.

These fields include science (obviously huh), philosophy, and religion (never fails to be in the race!).

The scientific study of dreams is called oneirology.

As said in the definition, dreams occur during CERTAIN STAGES of sleep
So what stages are we talking about?

The first stage is the REM (RAPID EYE MOMENT).

Now, don’t worry it just means what it says – the time of the sleeping period during which BRIAN ACTIVITY IS HIGH and resembles the stage of being awake. EYE MOMENT occurs.

So dreams occur during REM.
They also occur in later stages of the sleep but at that time, our brain is not processing (working) on anything (basically it is sleeping).

Which is why it doesn’t make an effort to “store” things. Which is why we cant remember our dreams if they occur in this stage.

The factual stuff now,

  • Dreams last for: few seconds/ 20-30 mins
  • The average person has three to five dreams per night, and some may have up to seven
  • however, most dreams are immediately or quickly forgotten
  • Dreams tend to last longer as the night progresses.
  • During a full eight-hour night sleep, most dreams occur in the typical two hours of REM.

Now, let’s go to what our favorite subject psychology says,

Most psychologists and researches believe in the Freudian theory of dreams (if you don’t know him, I don’t know what to say to you)

Anyways, Freudian theory on dreams say that :
that dreams reveal insight into hidden desires and emotions.

Other nameless people have also done research on dreams and they say that

  • dreams assist in memory formation
  • problem-solving
  • or simply are a product of random brain activation

Bleacher proposed that dreams show how the mind engages in thought when not required to produce communicable versions of thought.

History of dreams is that the earliest recorded dreams were found as clay art evidence and in ancient scriptures as old as 5000 years!


There are also many other theories which tell us much more about dreams.  If you like this article, we will be more than happy to extend it and give you more information about dreams and explain it in a simpler way like this.

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