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Why do we dream?

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When we sleep at night, our brain is active. So we dream. 95 percent of those dreams are forgotten shortly after waking up. Throughout sleep we do not dream. We dream only during the rapid eye movement (REM) phase of sleep. These episodes are short. The difference between one episode and another is 90 minutes.

After falling asleep we first dream in the REM cycle. Then 90 minutes break, dream again. And so the cycle continues. We usually dream for 5 to 20 minutes. During this time our muscles become completely relaxed. So we cannot control dreams as we wish. But sometimes this cycle does not work properly. Then we can behave as we wish.

The frontal lobe of our brain suspends its activity while dreaming. Two-thirds of what we dream is visual. When we are awake, we think about many things. And when you sleep, those thoughts are reflected in your dreams.

Our subconscious mind manifests itself in dreams. That is, the things that we want to suppress in reality, we see that in dreams. In only one-third of our dreams do we see color. When asked what color they saw when they woke up from a dream, many people say that they dreamed of light pastel colors. Interestingly, people under the age of 25 have the most colorful dreams. And those who are above 55 years, they dream black and white.

Dreams are thoughts of our subconscious mind. Many people have nightmares in their sleep. Nightmares are directly related to the subconscious mind. Our conscious mind is only 5%. The subconscious mind is vast in our psyche. Take time to think calmly, what subconscious issues are creating pressure in your mind? What to do to deal with these issues? To lighten yourself, you can talk to someone about your feelings. If it is stress free, you will get relief from nightmares.

Author: Physician, Counselor Psychotherapy Practitioner, Phoenix Wellness Center Bangladesh


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