(An A to Z Challenge entry)
Dreams, we all have them, both in regards to the sleeping kind and the awake kind. But today I am going to talk about the sleeping kind.
Research always indicates that we dream during all four stages of sleep, but our more vivid dreams occur during our REM cycles, or stage four. Once you complete stage 4, the cycles repeat themselves, and once they happen this first time, stages 1-3 take less time to circle through thereafter. So therefore, since you are in stage four the longest, it will be your deepest sleep and you will be more likely to dream. If you are awakened abruptly in stage 4, research also says that you are then most likely to remember your dreams.
As we age, we spend less time in REM stage. Babies spend 60% of their sleep in REM stage while adults spend 15-20% of their time:
“Dream researchers believe that there is a correlation between REM sleep and brain development.” – http://www.dreammoods.com
Dreams always fascinate me. I remember my dreams often, more frequently than most adults it seems. I have recurring dreams. My most recent recurring dream would be when I was sleeping in my apartment and I kept dreaming I was going to be evicted, and 9 times out of 10 would awaken in a panic.
When I share my dreams, those closest to me make special note how weird they are and how many details I remember.
So it makes me wonder… am I often wakened during my REM cycle? Or am I simply just someone who can remember their dreams more often than most?
Do you remember your dreams often? Have you had recurring dreams, or any dreams that stood out to you for any particular reason?
(I am squeezing this in later than I wanted today. For those who understand, I am pullling a pre-2014 Jak move here.)