Dreams: what are they and how to explain them? What does their absence mean?

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What are daydreams?

Daydreams are sensory impressions that occur during sleep that largely resemble hallucinations. They take the form of emotions, sounds, smells, touch, as well as erotic sensations. They can be both realistic and completely unrealistic, chaotic and lacking logical connections. Often they relate to everyday situations and problems that the dreaming person faces in his or her daily life.

  • rapid eye movements,
  • rapid acceleration of the heart rate,
  • rapid and irregular breathing.
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How long does a dream last?

A dream may occur during the REM phase, the total time of which is usually about 15 minutes. However, this does not mean that the dream lasts for this entire period. It turns out that a single episode usually ends after just a few seconds. It’s hard to believe, because sometimes we think we’ve been having nightmares all night and wake up in the morning terrified and drenched in sweat. In reality, however, the sense of the passage of time during a dream is quite different from that of reality, hence this kind of misleading impression is created.

Dream Interpretation

Dream interpretation is nothing new. People have been trying to find the hidden meaning of dreams for centuries. Even in the Old Testament, dreams were assigned an important role. Biblical characters during the dream appeared to be an angel sent by God, who warned them of the danger or showed the right solutions. Dreams also had a prophetic meaning, when they foretold to the people the coming years full of abundance or hunger and deprivation.

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Popular daydreams

Daydreams are similar in many people. Commonly recurring symbols and themes include:

  • floating in the air and flying,
  • teeth falling out,
  • running away from someone,
  • missing a train,
  • betrayal,
  • slicing bread,
  • death of a loved one,
  • car accident,
  • mice,
  • snake,
  • kiss,
  • sexual intercourse,
  • fire,
  • flood.

What does the absence of daydreaming indicate?

The absence of daydreaming is a very rare situation. It can occur in people who have suffered irreversible damage to the areas of the brain that are responsible for the formation of sleep in the REM phase. However, a large number of people are under the impression that they are not dreaming. In reality, however, they simply do not remember their dream. This happens when we wake up in the slow-wave NREM sleep phase. The dream is then blurred and we are unable to remember it. Our ability to remember dreams may also depend on differences in brain activity, as well as personality and temperament. People who use alarm clocks are also more likely to remember their dreams. And people who suffer from sleep apnea.

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