When I Close My Eyes: Part 1 - What Are Dreams? by Psychic Zoey

Date 12/13/2021
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Dreaming is an important part of a good night's rest!

Dreaming is an important part of a good night's rest!

Author's Photo by Zoey x8454

Gossamer threads through space and time...
Shadowy images of me and mine…

Despite being scanned and scrutinized by seers and scientists over the years, sleep and dream time are still not completely understood. We haven’t fully figured out what our bodies are doing during the average third of our lives that are spent in sleep and dreams.

What we have learned is that our dreaming brain shuts down certain circuits, those of rational thought, and promotes the connections governing emotions, sensations, and memories. The result gives us nighttime movies with strange symbols and worlds where clocks talk and people can fly.

Let’s Start With the Basics
Sleep consists of REM or “rapid eye movement”, and NREM or “non rapid eye movement.” Researchers discovered REM was dream sleep by testing volunteers in labs. When awakened during REM, sleepers were able to distinctly recall their dreams.

We know that REM and NREM phases follow each other during the course of each sleep cycle. The REM phase steadily gaining in length during each subsequent phase. Ten minutes for the first, up to forty minutes for the final. We also know that this entire process repeats itself at 90 minute intervals all through the night. So on average, we can have four or five dreams per night.

A Bit about Brain Waves
The fastest brain waves, known as Beta, occur during our conscious waking state. These waves can range anywhere from 12 to 14 cycles per second (cps). As we move toward sleep, our brain waves slow down. Drifting into the Alpha wave pattern of 8 to 13 cps, we can feel our consciousness begin to move in and out of what we perceive as reality. In Alpha state, our body is completely relaxed while the mind continues to take in sensory input. Alpha state is the perfect blend between right and left brain. Since we cannot maintain this state for long, we either wake up, or drift toward deeper sleep.

If we are moving toward sleep, our brain waves quickly drop down, down, down from Alpha to Theta and on to Delta. After approximately 90 minutes, they speed up again, as we drift back up, up, up from Delta to Theta, finally stopping at Alpha. Our bodies become quite still and now dreams begin to form.

As waking time approaches, we easily move from Delta to Theta to Alpha. Sometimes we move easily into Beta, sometimes we linger in upper levels of Alpha, the state for lucid dreams. It is here, that we find we can actively influence our actions in these dreams.

Dream a Little Dream
Whichever state we linger in, it is this last dream of the night that we will most likely recall unless, of course, we are awakened by a loud offending noise, like the slamming of a door, or the honking of a horn when we are still in Delta sleep. Being abruptly jarred back into reality, we may feel a bit disoriented, sometimes not knowing where we are, or having a lingering headache, or rapid heart palpitations. 

This results because we were still in a dream state, and our consciousness had not had a chance to shift back naturally into the reality of Beta, our wake state. This instance is more likely to occur when we did not get enough sleep, or had toxins in our bodies. Luckily, these feelings only last a short time, and we will soon be fully back in reality.

Now that you know more about what dreams are, next time we will dive deep into a look at some of the most common dreams, which you may have experienced yourself, and explore exactly what they may mean…  

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