What are dreams?

This article talked about dreams scientifically and what people thought dreams were.

We dream for around about two hours every night on average. That’s six years of your life. But even with modern science, there’s still a lot we don’t know about how and why dreams happen. Different cultures believed different things, for example; Ancient Egyptians believed dreams were messages from the gods, sent to chosen people when they were sleeping, Ancient Chinese thought dreams were journeys taken by souls, which could leave someone’s body when they were sleeping. Nowadays there are books to decode your dreams but there is no real science in this. Dreaming usually takes place when we’re in the deepest stages of sleep and our brain activity increases. It’s called the REM which stands for Rapid Eye Movement Phase. In this stage, our brain can mimic being awake. When we dream about faces, the facial recognition part of our brain turns on and when we look around in our dreams, our brain acts we are awake and looking around. “Dream Dictionary’s” might tell you your dreams have special meanings but even when that’s a cool idea, it’s not backed up by science. 

Is the same with nightmares? If you dream averagely, for 6 years over your life, is this to a certain age…what if you live longer or shorter?

I understand REM and how it works.

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  1. Indigo,
    I must commend you on this thourough and interesting reflection. It really gives us a clear understanding on what was being said about dreams. If possible extend a little on your ‘understanding’ in future to explain what you have learned,
    excellent work,

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