Why We Dream: Facts, Theories And The History of Dreams & Nightmares
Why Do We Dream? Why Do Many Dreams Make No Sense?
Am I dreaming??
Have you ever awoken from sleep startled and confused? Does it take a moment to realize where you are? Was your dream so real that you believed it was truly happening to you? Have you ever had a dream or nightmare that left such a feeling of oppression and sadness that you couldn't shake that feeling all day long?
After researching the medical and historical aspects of dreaming, I have learned many new and interesting facts and theories. Through my own personal experiences, and people who have come to me for personal advice regarding their dreams, I feel like I have had a wonderful opportunity to place all the pieces together to see the bigger picture of how the human mind creates a dream.
Not One Single Consensus Proven
On average, a person sleeps 33% of their life. That equals over 22.5 years if you assume the average lifespan to be 75 years. The word dream is derived from "Drem," dating back to 1290 AD in Old English, meaning music and joy. The word nightmare also originated from the Old English word "maere," meaning goblin or incubus. It was believed that a nightmare was an evil spirit attempting to suffocate or possess a sleeping person. Over time, the spellings and meanings have changed. The Egyptians once believed that dreams and nightmares were a sign of the future, past, and even the ability to travel into different realms of space and into other worlds. Ancient Hebrews thought that dreams were messages from God. If you have ever read the Bible, you will know how many incidents where a man speaks of his dreams."An Angel appeared to me.." "God revealed all to me in a dream.."
Is There A Logical, Medical Reason?
Do Health Care Professionals Really Know?
Instead of using foul language when I am utterly frustrated, I use one phrase.. "GEEZ OH PEEPS!" That was my reaction after viewing all of the excessive amounts of "possible" reasons why a person dreams due to medical issues and/or conditions.
Let's begin with the famous Psychoanalyst Dr. Freud, who believed that dreams were suppressed desires, feelings, wish fulfillment, and sexual gratification. His obsession with the topic of the Oedipus Complex, (The psycho-sexual phase that occurs in young children between the ages of 3-5) Dr. Freud tried analyzing the dreams of young children. It was later discovered that there was nothing he was able to prove or even connect to prove that theory.
As for now, medical science has offered many "possible" reasons for adults and children to dream the things they do. There are a wide range of medications and conditions they believe may have an effect. Quick list; antidepressants, blood pressure medication, anxiety, sleep apnea, sleep deprivation, withdraws from medications, post traumatic stress, depression, late night snacking.. the list goes on. Still, with so many possibilities, they cannot conclude any definite answers.
It has been said that we cannot dream in color, see our own reflection, feel and hear vividly, and realize you are dreaming. The majority of theories are based on suppressed feelings, emotions and flashbacks from our past. It's also been said that the mind finds ways to entertain itself while asleep.
Awww.. He Has Your Eyes...
Theoretically speaking, I have often wondered.. If your child is born with many likenesses of you, family, daddy, etc. These are genes and traits handed down from generations of families. Why can't memories be passed along as well? I believe we have the ability to store that information and it becomes revealed in our sleep. Have you ever had a dream where you knew it was you, but didn't look like yourself? Maybe you were in some odd place you never have been to before? Have you ever talked to people in your dreams and remember their names? Next time.. try. After having a very realistic dream, I awoke and immediately scribbled down names, words and colors I saw throughout the dream. I have found that I was dreaming of a past event that was real. Not in my lifetime, but it was me in someone else's shoes from a very long time ago. I did look up all I remembered and it dated back to a story in the book of Genesis. Names were exact. Events were the same. Interesting?