When you go to sleep at night your brain goes on a very complexed rollercoaster ride! You're not aware of what goes on in your brain. If you are like many people, you might wake up in the morning and think about the dream that you had last night. Or you may even tell your friends and family about your dream.
"What we can confidently say we know about dreams is actually very little," says Caroline Horton, a senior lecturer in psychology, a study of behaviors and the mind at Bishop Gross. This shows that we actually don't know much about dreaming. But there are some things we do know. The first thing we know about dreaming is that a part of our sleep called REM, Rapid Eye Movement, a jerky motion of a person's eyes occurring in REM sleep.
Have you ever seen someone sleeping but it looks like their eyes are moving under their eyelids? Well that is because that is what is probably going on. REM is a normal part of your everyday sleep. REM happens about 4-6 times a night, each lasting for 20-30 minutes long. That means we can have a dream that is up to 30 minutes long! Dreaming happens when the brain goes through short-term memories and changes them into long-term memories.
Does our personality affect our dreams? Yes! Actually some studies show that our personality does affect our dreams. We tend to dream about things that have happened to us, and things we wish we happened to us. A few experts believe that dreams are a way of processing all the emotions and events that we experienced in that day. They believe that our dreams play a very important role in our physical, mental and emotional health. People who are more social tend to have dreams with more characters. Meanwhile people who have very little or no socialising are more likely to have recurrent, occurring often or repeatedly dreams and nightmares.