Dreams! Dreams! Dreams! Infinite worlds within a single dream world

If you are crazy about Inception, you are in the right place.

The unexplained theory of dreams has made scientists, researchers & philosophers curious at another level. Despite hunting for thousands of years for answers, there’s still not a definite one but there have been derived theories which are mesmerizing & the urge to dream more & more, shoots up.

So, what are dreams, do different people have different ones, do they have patterns, what about dreams within a dream just like inception & how many types do they own? Are they a form of human simulation? A lot of questions yet unanswered.

What are dreams? 

After years of researching & experiments, scientists understand that dreams are stories, visions & visuals formed by the brain during NREM (Non-Rapid Eye Movement) & REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep. As soon as you begin to rest, NREM sleep (in Hindi we often address it as “Kacchi Neend”) cycle starts followed by brief periods of REM sleep. When your brain is in deep sleep it is REM sleep,  your eyes move rapidly from side to side & your dream powers intensify at the particular time. REM sleep occurs every 90 minutes of your NREM sleep cycle.

Why are dreams & what do they represent?

Dreams are your experiences coming from your past life, your present life & your desires for the future life. Averagely, a person has 5-6 dreams per night but the person may or may not remember all of them or none of them at all. Dreams remain in the memory block if the person wakes up during REM sleep whereas a lucid dreamer can remember them all; technically, the person is the author of their own dreams.

We tend to decipher dreams, we Google & sometimes we ask elders but we are always left dubious. Dreams interpretation has been a scientific, psychological & religious interest of the area regarding which there are a variety of theories.

In 1899, Sigmund Freud, a neurologist & the founder of psychoanalysis, introduced the theory of the unconscious as a book, “The Interpretation of Dreams” in which he explicated that dreams are a symbolic representation of one’s unconscious primitive thoughts, urges & desires. The symbols are procured from our daily conscious lives & by analyzing the elements, the unconscious matter could be unveiled to the conscious world & the psychological disorders could be resolved. He also defined dreams as expressions of one’s deepest anxiety often related to oppressed childhood memories. According to Freud, each & every dream topic, despite its content symbolized release of sexual tension.  

However, many scientists later disagreed with Sigmund’s theories of the unconscious but the book remains the base for dreams interpretations.

How dreams influence our lives?

Individuals with bipolar disorder, mental illness or other mood & PTSD (Post-traumatic stress disorders) have trouble sleeping. Scientists believe lack of sleep often chips into anxiety & stress illnesses. 

Dreams tend to heal our subconscious, unconscious & conscious waves of emotion. Humans have experienced a healthy connection between sufficient sleep, active physique & emotional balance. 

After asking several people “What are dreams?” the most appealing answer was “Dreams are the illustrations from the book, our soul is writing about us.” Isn’t that beautiful, how people fantasize about dreams?

What kinds of dream-stories do people visualize?                                  From normal to weird, the most common are five: 

Normal Dreams The most typical dreams you can dream of are normal dreams. You could be turning the AC on or kissing Enrique Iglesias on a highway. These dreams are often about the things you might have thought subconsciously or any weird stuff you gave a thought for a millisecond. Everybody has normal dreams every single night. These dreams are vital for our survival. A sleep-deprived person is a dream deprived; a non-dreamer can cut off the creativeness & imagination. 

Daydreams “Darling I’m a nightmare dressed like a daydream” The blank-space of a partial sleep filled with the vision of desires are daydreams. People fantasizing about their goals is also daydreaming. It commences when you’re neither asleep nor wholly awake into reality & imagining about the fulfilled journey of your efforts lead you to the fantasy world.

Nightmares – Have you ever had a dream that you’re being chased or there is somebody present in your dream but you can’t find? Certain types of dreams are recognized as nightmares where you’re terrified of paranormals activities or something horrific. A dreamer believes it to be the reality of time. According to analysis, being chased in a nightmare represents our fear & anxiousness of being hunted. Studies show nightmares are a result of stress, trauma, drugs alcohol, sickness, anxiety & sometimes watching a horror movie.  

Lucid Dreams – As mentioned earlier, a lucid dreamer is the author of its own dream. It is the narrator, the creator, the director, the cast & the writer. If you can change the location, characters & plot of your dream & are aware of non-reality whilst you’re asleep; you’re a lucid dreamer. This kind occurs during the late stage of REM sleep. People practice lucid dreaming because it builds up creativity & mental balance.  

Did you know there are courses dedicated to learning lucid dreaming?

False Awakening – You’re awake, getting ready for office or performing a normal routine. BOOM! It’s a dream! These types of dreams mostly fit in the last place you’ve been, for example, your bed. You wake up in the dream for real & somehow it traces every inch of your bedroom. These ones are often fleeted.

Reality check amidst dreams

To question the reality within a dream is not like a dream. They are like movies, only that in the movie you know what reality is & in a dream you’re the camera.

  • Gaze the mirror & check for your reflection.
  • Whilst dreams your body is paralyzed, try to throw an object on the visions.
  • Push yourself against a wall, are you intangible? 
  • Stare at a watch. Time changes rapidly in dreams but if you’re awake, time will be conventional.
  • Look out for rationality, for example, if you see a person with 3 legs, you’re dreaming.

Dreams are like a world, a universe, a multi-verse or perhaps, an infinite-verse just present in a small part of your body. 

The bottom line is everyone is unique & everyone dreams differently. Regardless you remember them or not, you dream once in every sleep. Everyone dreams. Ever seen a baby smiling during their sleep? Probably because of a dream. 

Dreams are peculiar but bona fide, they really do exist!

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Anu Jain

Anu Jain