Yes, research shows that the most vivid dreams occur during the sleep periods of Rapid Eye Movement (REM). During these periods, the brain is very active, major body muscles are relaxed, and the eyes move rapidly to and fro under the eyelids.
Most people over the age of 10 dream from 3 to 6 times per night, with the dreams lengthening during the course of the night. The ﬁnal dream before waking can last as long as 30 to 40 minutes.
Research indicates that dreams assist the development of the brain. Newborn babies tend to dream for approx. 8 hours per day.
Yes, all warm-blooded creatures dream during REM sleep. Dogs, cats, cows, horses, even birds and dolphins.
Some foods which cause digestive discomfort are suspected of inﬂuencing dreams. Drugs, alcohol, and sleeping medicines reduce the capability of recalling dreams.
Yes, dreams frequently mirror the thoughts, acts, and awareness of recent experiences.
Yes.-the best method to slowly emerge from sleep and concentrate on details of the last dream. Some people maintain a dream-diary, and others remind themselves before going to sleep that they intend to remember their dreams.
Recurrent dreams reﬂect ambitions, worries, health issues, relationships etc. that have not yet been successfully resolved.
Nightmares are often caused by stress. emotional experiences, drugs, alcohol or illness. However, some people seem to suffer unduly from nightmares, and research indicates that that these people tend to be more emotional, sensitive and trusting than average.