Where Do Dreams Go When We Wake-up?
The simple answer is either they are stored in your memory or you forget them. But this question makes us ask a great number of other questions. What is the difference between day-dreaming and the dreams we have when we are asleep?
Can dreams fore tell the future? How long do they really last? Do we have dreams in color or only black and white? Why do we forget some dreams and remember others? Are dreams good for us, or bad? Why do some dreams wake us up at once and others not?
Some experts say that to be healthy in mind, we have to dream every night, whether we remember them or not. There is a book called An Experiment with Time by J. W. Dunne, which tells us that the author used to note down in the morning the dreams he had in the night, and that sometimes his dreams foretold what was going to happen in the future.
He suggests that when we are wide awake our sense of time is vertical, so that we are aware only of the present moment, but that when we are asleep; time becomes for us horizontal, so that we can travel into the past and the future. Other experts say that we dream of doing the things which for various reasons, we cannot do in our waking hours. So we try to realize in our sleep wishes that cannot be realized by the day.
Dreams are basically stories and images our mind creates while we sleep. Dreams can be vivid. They can make you feel happy, sad, or scared. And they may seem confusing or perfectly rational.
Dreams can occur anytime during sleep. But most vivid dreams occur during deep, REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, when the brain is most active. Some experts say we dream at least four to six times per night.
Just as there are varying opinions as to why we dream, there are also different views as to what dreams mean. Some experts say dreams have no connection to our real emotions or thoughts. They are just strange stories that don’t relate to normal life.
Others say our dreams may reflect our own underlying thoughts and feelings — our deepest desires, fears, and concerns, especially recurring dreams. By interpreting our dreams, we may be able to gain insight into our lives and ourselves. Many people say they have come up with their best ideas while dreaming, so dreams may be a conduit of creativity.
Often people report having similar dreams — they are being chased, fall off a cliff, or appear in public naked. These types of dreams are likely caused by a hidden stress or anxiety. While the dreams may be similar, experts say the meaning behind the dream is unique to each person.
Therefore, many experts say not to rely on books or “dream dictionaries,” which give a specific meaning for a specific dream image or symbol. The particular reason behind your dream is unique to you.
Although scientists can’t say for sure what dreams mean and why we dream, many people find meaning in their dreams.