Most of our dreams occur during REM sleep, otherwise known as the Rapid Eye Movement stage. In this phase of dreaming, our brains are the most active. In fact, our brain is more active when we sleep than when we are conscious. Multiple studies have been performed to try to figure out why we dream, but nothing has been discovered yet. Some researchers say dreams have no purpose or meaning, while others say they are necessary for mental, emotional, or physical health.
There are many different types of dreams. Dreams vary depending on the dreamer. Dreams can be scary. Dreams can be nerve-racking. Dreams can be wonderful. They make us feel emotion. It is said that dreams are a window into our subconscious. It isn't proven, but dreams can depict our problems in their own twisted way. We can learn a lot from our dreams, and find answers to problems in our life.
Being chased means that we may not be addressing something in our lives that requires attention.
One common type of dream is water. Depending on the condition of the water in your dream, the meaning varies. The water could be clear, cloudy, calm, or turbulent. Most often, the water provides insight into how effectively we are managing our emotions. For example, clear water might signify that you feel confident in where you are in life and have a clear idea of where you want to be. Turbulent water might mean that you are going through some tough times, or you might be angry about something.
Vehicles are also another type of dream. Vehicles usually represent what direction we feel our life is going in and how much control we feel we have over it. If the vehicle is out of control, you may feel like your life is out of control. If the vehicle is speeding, you may feel like your life is going at a fast pace, and, depending on the situation, that could either be a good thing or a bad thing.
People also appear in dreams often. People usually are a reflection of the different aspects of self. They could show us characteristics we feel we have or want to have. Specific people relate to existing relationships or personal issues we need to work through that we may be trying to avoid.
Another dream people report having often is paralysis. This type of dream usually means that the dreamer feels like they lack control within their life. One fact many people don't know about paralysis dreams is that when we dream about paralysis, we are actually physically paralyzed while we sleep.
One last example of dreams that humans have is death. Death in dreams usually symbolizes a dramatic change, or the end of one thing to make room for something new. You could also have dreams about death to help cope with the loss of something or someone.
Scientists haven't been able to prove if dreams actually make a difference in our lives. Many studies have tried to prove that they are important, but the science isn't all there yet. It may take some time, but once we fully understand how and why we dream, a conclusion will surely be made.