• Question: why do we have dreams and how?

    Asked by leigha1234 to Angela, Gabriele, Karen, Shane on 20 Nov 2013.
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      Karen McCarthy answered on 20 Nov 2013:

      Haha a great and troubling question! The brain is such a complex and mysterious thing Leigh, that even now with all our research, we are still not sure about so much!

      Dreams seem to be a way of the brain processing and analysing information – we can sense so many different things every day! Many people feel that their dreams can provide them with advice or information – perhaps the brain just requires this extra time, without anything to distract it, to work through some problems?

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      Angela Stevenson answered on 20 Nov 2013:

      Ohhhh! I love trying to remember my dreams. How are they formed? Great question! When we fall asleep, we lose consciousness of ourselves and we have very little control over our body, but our subconscious mind still keeps on working. Dreams are a manifestation of our subconscious expressing our desires, thoughts and events, like wanting to climb mount everest or being able to breath underwater, or wanting to be a mermaid (well, at least I wish I could experience being one 😉 haha). Some dreams have helped great scientists invent brilliant things and make great discoveries! Leigha, try to write down your dreams as soon as you wake up, you might find some interesting stuff about yourself or it might even help you with issues, like if you ve misplaced something important and really can’t remember where you ve placed it.. your subconscious might show you where it is through your dreams 😀 Hope that helps!

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      Shane Mc Guinness answered on 20 Nov 2013:

      Though nobody really knows why we dream, I think that it is our brains way of filing the day’s experiences away. If you think about it, a lot of what happens in dreams can actually be related to what happened to you that day.
      We do know that dreams usually occur in a phase of deep sleep known as REM, standing for Random Eye Movement. When you’re in this state of sleep you’re eyes actually do move! Your mind will go through several phases of this throughout the night.