What Are NREM and REM Dreams?

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Non Rapid Eye Movement (NREM)

Non rapid eye movement known as NREM and rapid eye movement called REM play important roles in our dreaming process. Whether good or bad, dreams are usually remembered from our REM sleep periods.

Rapid Eye Movement (REM)

REM dreams tend to occur “almost continuously during each REM period and have a story-like quality; typically more vivid, visual, and emotional than NREM dreams” (Wood, Wood, & Boyd 115).

Weaker and Stronger Imagery

I’ve noticed the majority of my dreams consist of images that I have recently seen. Some REM dreams seem so real, it can be scary at times. Our weaker dream-images are the product of an NREM dream, and our stronger dream-images are produced by an REM dream.

Have you ever dreamed you were about to jump or fall and the imagery seemed so real that your leg jerked and jolted you out of sleep? Such imagery is the product of our REM dreams.

Lucid Dreams

On the other hand, lucid dreams also considered as daydreaming is a dream that "an individual is aware of dreaming and whose content the individual is often able to influence while the dream is in progress" (Wood, Wood, & Boyd 116). Overall, dreams are certainly interesting occurrences.

Reference:

  • Wood, S., Wood, E., Boyd, D. (2002). Mastering the World of Psychology. New Jersey: Pearson.

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