DrmDoc Posted October 22, 2022 Share Posted October 22, 2022 Greetings, It’s been a while since I’ve posted here on this titled subject, so I thought I’d do so now with this brief discussion. I thought I might correct some misconceptions about the nature of dreams and dreaming and answer any questions you may have. My perspective is based on the science of the dreaming brain, which traces the intricacies of dreaming in brain function. You are free to critique my perspective and, as always, I will try to keep this discussion palatable to respondents of all knowledge levels. Let’s begin with the most basic question about the nature of dreams, which is are they important or meaningful? If you never learn anything about or from dreams, you can still live a full and happy life. There are likely billions of peoples who have lived long and healthy without ever knowing a single thing about their dreams, which suggests an outcome that it’s fine not knowing. Understanding your dreams is not important to your day-to-day life unless you believe they are important or their experiences somehow interfere with your daily functions. Repetitive or traumatic dream experiences, for example, can be symptoms of deeper unresolved mental health issues you should address with a seasoned professional. For most of us, whether our dreams are important is subjective; however, whether they’re meaningful is not. Dreaming is an interpretive response in brain function caused by its increased sensitivity to the stimuli it experiences during sleep progression. Our brain’s sensitivity to stimuli decreases during the early stages of sleep. This diminished sensitivity begins to reverse as the metabolic processes of sleep ultimately increase blood flow to the brain. However, the key words to note and understand in my comments here are “interpretive response”. Those words are key in that they infer our dreaming brain is attempting to understand something it believes it is experiencing as we sleep—and that “something” makes our dreams meaningful. Depending on your responses or unless you have questions, I will move on to a discussion of dreams and memory from here. I welcome your thoughts and continued interest in this brief discussion. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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