DREAMS AND DREAMING
Our dreams are the subconscious mind sifting through information gained during the day and memories from, sometimes years back. Sometimes these can get jumbled up together and that’s why we end up with what seems like a weird dream. The kind you wake up from and think “what the hell was that ?”. As a matter of fact we all dream 3 to 6 times a night. If you can remember them, it’s a good practice to have a dream journal by the bed and write key things from the dream down when you wake. In light of the fact that many of us forget them within 10 minutes of getting up is due to the conscious mind taking over to get on with your day.
DREAMS AND DREAMING
We dream when we are in REM (rapid eye movement ) sleep. This is where our breathing becomes more rapid and our eye movement restarts. More over our limb muscles go into paralysis to try stop us physically acting out our dreams. In cases of trauma and brain injury damage, this can be impaired. As a result, some people can become physical whilst dreaming or even sleep walk. Similarly, those that suffer brain damage of any sort and/or trauma damage are more likely to have difficulty remembering their dreams on waking. Therefore to help redevelop their long term memories, a dream journal is vitally important. Just write down anything you remember on waking. Even if at the time it doesn’t make sense to you.
Lucid dreams are very powerful and we often remember them for a while after the event. In light of this it can often be that our subconscious wants us to remember and take note of what we were doing in the dream. So this makes me wonder if we actually when we are dreaming and not. Are we awake and which part of our lives are real? what even is real? Dreams are an endless and huge subject, more over a huge part of our psyche. more to come on dreams and dreaming in the next few posts. I feel it will be a subject we keep coming back to….