Share This Post

General Knowledge

Why do we Dream?

Why do we Dream?

There are many theories and opinion about why a person dreams. But none of them are conclusive for sure. Dreams can be due to various reasons. Dreams can be based on events that happened during the day or sometime in your life. It can also be due to deep fear you had since you were young. You might have had a wish for a long time which are granted during the dream.

If you have a certain nightmare over and over again, your subconscious may be trying to tell you something. Nightmare is a bad dream which is common in both adults and children and often happens due to Stress, Conflict, Fear, Trauma, Emotional Problems, Illness or Medication. Lucid Dream is one in which you know that you are dreaming. Research shows that Lucid Dreaming comes with a boost of activity in parts of Brain that are usually restful during sleep. Some say that dreams have no meaning while others say we need dreams for our mental, emotional and physical health.

Sleep Pattern

It is estimated that we spend about one third of our life in sleep. This can vary between person to person depending upon the conditions. Sleep is an essential factor for our good health of mind and body. It is a state of unconscious rest. The conscious part of our will be at rest but the subconscious part continues working and produced dreams.

Experiments on sleep pattern shows that we change from periods of deep sleep to periods of light sleep about five times during the night. Sleep happens in stages, including REM (Rapid Eye Movement) Sleep and Non-REM Sleep.

Brain Chemicals are very much involved in our sleep cycle. These chemicals control whether we are awake or asleep depending on the Neurons (Nerve Cells) they are acting on. Neurons located in the Brainstem (meeting point of Brain and Spinal Cord) produce neurotransmitters called Serotonin and Norepinephrine. These chemicals keep our Brain active when we are awake. Neurons located at the base of Brain are responsible for us falling asleep. These Neurons seems to turn off the signals that keep us awake.

When do we Dream in Sleep?

Dreams can happen anytime during sleep. Towards the morning, our light sleep periods become longer and this is generally the time we dream. In dream, we make Rapid Eye Movements and some body movements. Vivid Dreams happen during the phase called REM Sleep where the Brain is most active. Experts have the opinion that we dream at least four to six times a night. Dreams can be entertaining, disturbing or bizarre.

According to many, their dreams have helped them to solve something on which they were working for a long time or had problems solving them. Some say that Dreams can foretell the future. So far, scientists have not been able to explain the phenomenon fully.

We wish to dream of only good things in life. May god help all in fulfilling their dreams.

Share This Post

Born and brought up in Kerala, I did my schooling in Kerala and graduated (B.Sc Physics) from the Calicut University. I have worked with a Swedish Company from 1994 to 2015, as a Senior Project Manager in their Group IT Division in Dubai. This blog is the result of my strong desire to communicate with others, sharing what I know and what I could gather from various sources.


Thank you for visiting this page. As you may notice there are some links on this page that redirects you to another website. These links are affiliate links which means that if you click on one of these links and purchase/sign up for that item/service I will receive a small commission from that purchase at no added cost to you. I have only shared links to those products that I would use personally. The money that I earn through this method is just a small income to help me continue my blog through which I want to help enlighten you all on various topics. I am extremely grateful to you if you choose to purchase any of the items through the affiliate links on this page.

Leave a Reply