Some people may sometimes ask the question: Why I don’t dream when I sleep? The answer is simple: of course, you dream every night! We all dream at night during our sleep. But sometimes we can’t remember our dreams. In most cases, we do not remember our dreams in the morning when we wake up. This is normal because most of our dreams take place during our deepest REM sleep. Moreover, we have dozens of dreams every night, it would be too difficult to remember all the scenarios that our mind elaborates on. Dreams can sometimes be very strange, unreal, fantastic, dreamlike, or even psychedelic. But why then do you ask yourself.
Why and how do we dream?
To know why you don’t dream during your sleep, you must first understand why you dream. Dreams occur during the night when we are sleeping. It has fascinated people since ancient times when it was seen as a divine manifestation and in some cases a premonition. Modern medicine has demonstrated that dreams are real and that they have a very precise function for our body and our mind.
There are different phases of sleep in the sleep cycle:
– Falling asleep
– Light sleep
– Deep sleep also called slow wave sleep:
– REM sleep
A sleep cycle lasts about 90 minutes. Each night, we have between 4 and 6 sleep cycles. We dream at each phase of sleep, with more or less intensity.
During deep sleep, brain activity slows down. The electrical waves of the brain gradually slow down. The brain is not inactive, on the contrary. It is during this phase of slow-wave sleep that our memories are recorded in our brain.
During REM sleep, brain activity strongly increases. The brain is very active. The eyes make very rapid intraocular movements called REM (rapid eye movements). Only the eyes move, the rest of the body is still. It is during REM sleep that dreams are most creative and intense.
Dreams allow the mind to evacuate the emotions of the day and to record the information acquired during the day. Dreams are like a decompression chamber for our psyche.
In this article, we explain precisely why we dream.
To have more explanation on how dreams and sleep work, you can consult our article on the subject.
Everybody dreams whether they know it or not
Everyone dreams. That’s a fact. Even animals dream. If you think you don’t dream, you probably don’t remember your dreams. It is very common not to remember your dreams.
Most dreams occur during REM sleep, which is the deepest sleep. During this phase of sleep, only the brain works and the body is paralyzed. It does not send any information to the brain. The brain is therefore in a creative mode which often leads to amazing, fairy-like, or even psychedelic dreams. If you wake up during REM sleep, you will have no trouble remembering your dream.
Slow-wave sleep dreams are easier to remember. They occur in a phase of sleep called learning sleep when the brain is consolidating memory. During this phase of sleep, the brain is still sensitive to external stimuli. It is not yet entirely dedicated to the sleep and the deep rest.
The dream has a real function for the body. It is a moment of decompression for the brain where the conscious mind rests to let the unconscious take over and evacuate the tensions of the day.
What is the purpose of dreams?
To understand why we don’t dream, we must first understand how dreams work. Dreams have several functions:
– They manage emotions: they allow the expression of repressed emotions and the evacuation of negative emotions in the form of nightmares.
– They consolidate memory
– They manage fear
Dreams serve both physical and psychic needs.
In this article, we will explain in more detail the purpose of the dreams we have.