No matter how dreamy or terrifying it is, it’s still a dream.
We often wonder why we dream when we sleep and why do we have certain kinds of dreams. Some are good while some could be considered a nightmare. Most of the times we no longer remember what we dreamt of last night or the previous nights.
What induces dreaming?
According to new research, dreaming is both physiological and biochemical approach to organize our brains overnight. It also promotes the brain’s problem-solving capability from overviews made from everyday experiences. The research team rather combined a number of existing running conclusions. They now imply that REM (random eye movement) and non-REM function together to achieve this alignment and finding of a solution.
The Dreamer who won a Nobel prize
Dr. Otto Loewi is a German physiologist who debated against accepted held scientific conviction where nervous instincts became the outcome of electrical transmissions. He speculated that these transmissions are possibly the mode but do not know how to confirm it. He set aside the idea, and after 17 years he had a dream and wrote:
“The night before Easter Sunday of that year I awoke, turned on the light, and jotted down a few notes on a tiny slip of paper. Then I fell asleep again. It occurred to me at 6 o’clock in the morning that during the night I had written down something most important, but I was unable to decipher the scrawl. The next night, at 3 o’clock, the idea returned. It was the design of an experiment to determine whether or not the hypothesis of chemical transmission that I had uttered 17 years ago was correct. I got up immediately, went to the laboratory, and performed a single experiment on a frog’s heart according to the nocturnal design.”
Modern hypothesis created
Nearly a hundred years later, several experiments that sleep boosts innovative problem-solving. At this point, Penny Lewis and her colleagues from Cardiff University arranged and integrated those findings into a new approach emphasizing why sleep and creativity are associated. Their concept defines how REM and non-REM collaborate to help us seek undetermined links between what we already perceive and uncover ingenious solutions to disturbing problems.
What phase do dreams occur?
Dreams materialize in REM and non-REM stages of sleep. Latest proof directs to the basis that raised activity in the brain’s posterior cortex is linked with the escalated occurrence of dreaming.
Once we fell into a slumber, we flow into a period of non-REM sleep which consists of four stages. People generally spend most of their non-REM period in Stage II. Stages III and IV are known as “slow-wave sleep” and the periods of deepest sleep.
Hard time remembering your dreams
Most of the time we don’t remember our dreams. Although there are instances that we still remember after waking up, they will be gone in just a few minutes. It could be that the dreams are placed in the conscious and subconscious mind.
You might be asleep but your hippocampus may not. If it’s the last to sleep, it could be the last to wake up according to Monash University neuroscientist Thomas Andrillon.
Dreams rejuvenate our brains by tidying it up and help us to be creative in finding solutions to problems that we encounter every day.