Mankind has always puzzled over dreams for centuries and soothsayers have even been known to read dreams and cast the direst of predictions. Dreams are but part of our body’s natural process and involve a succession of images, sounds, emotions all flashing through our heads as we sleep. The dream cycle takes place only during the REM cycle. We often find it hard to recollect what we had dreamt about. But there are episodes where the subject experiences a vivid dream where the line between dream and reality is blurred; we do experience such vivid dreams through times of great emotional stress and as a result, are able to recall nearly every moment of the dream in question. This has led to a whole new concept of dream interpretation where experts try to analyze dreams and see if they can draw some meaning from the same.
We have always been fascinated by dreams; dreams are places that have no curbs, no limits and your imagination knows no bounds. Is it any surprise that some of the most vivid paintings, sculptures were done by artists who dreamt of the unthinkable and managed to bring it alive? There are various theories as to the function of these dreams; some psychologies including Freud theorized that our dreams are but an indication of our deepest desires and hidden personality. But this explanation does not account for the fact that a layperson often dreams 3 to 5 times each day, and that the concept of time, in our dreams, does not exist. The other explanation that the psychologists came up with was that dreams are part of the body’s natural functions, as your brain goes through the range of emotions, sensations, thoughts that a person may have experienced in the course of the day. Such dreams have no purpose but that they are just the brain’s way of rebooting their memory centers. This explanation is yet to be extensively studied but some of the initial studies have proved promising. It only goes on to show you that dreams are essential and that we all need to dream, in order to function better.
The other interesting aspect of dreams is the time dilation effect; in other words, we may experience dreams whereas we experience a particular dream, say an enjoyable one, we often will the dream to prolong, thereby introducing the time dilation effect. There is no actual time dilation taking place but rather we feel that a particular activity has gone on for longer periods. The point is that if the current theory regarding dreams being the byproduct of our brain rebooting our self-holds true, then time dilation or even the appearance of one should not be part of our dreamscape. This only indicates that we have a lot to learn where dreams are concerned but one thing’s for sure – we all need to dream and sleep regular hours to ensure that we keep functioning normally. In fact, our very survival and creative flow may well depend on our ability to dream.