Dream Research Paper - Why Do We Dream Clary Wright Clary Wright Ms White AP Literature and Comp 16 November 2015 Through all of history people have

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Why Do We Dream ? Clary Wright Clary Wright Ms . White AP Literature and Comp . 16 November 2015
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Through all of history , people have wondered why we dream, where dreams come from, and what they could mean . Dream worlds are so different from reality at times that individuals wonder how they come from human minds. Studies have been conducted, books have been written, the end of the world has been traveled to, to find the answer to why we dream. Some people have felt that dreams were messages from their gods or God ( Pick 4 ). Other people have said that dreams are our subconscious , telling us things that we don t know consciously . The reason we dream is probably more scientific than that . Neural impulses , stimulated by nightly cleaning out of the brain , practice for the dreamer of threatening situations they may find their self in , and psychotherapy are all contributors to why we dream ( Simmons ). The process of coming to this conclusion has been a long one , and it isn t nearly over yet . Scientist still work today on more fine - tuning of figuring out the function of dreams and how they’re made. Many people believe that when we dream , we are turning memories from the day into long - term memories , or throwing them into a void to be forgotten forever . This can be a scary thought for people, especially in a world where forgetting information can have such serious consequences. One might wonder if going to sleep means losing the most important memories they have. The mind makes connections , and forms bridges for memories, whether they’re detrimental or completely insignificant. These routes can be long lasting or short term , based on importance and how they were made . Often times , when dreaming , connections are made more broadly and loosely ” ( Heartmann 3 ). This makes it possible for more parts of the brain to remember this memory, and therefore it is stored well . Because of the “broad and loose” structure of memories formed during dreams, they’re also significantly faster to be remembered. So, if a
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person sleeps, and dreams, directly after learning a new skill, they’ll often remember it better than if they didn’t sleep and dream after. Consciousness is spectrum , from a dim waking thought on one end , to dreaming on the other , with day - dreaming in the middle ,” ( Heartmann 1 ). It s a common thought that sleeping , and therefore dreaming , is an unconscious state , but it is, in fact, not . While the brain is receiving information it is in some state of consciousness . When one sleeps , they observe their surroundings , sometimes without noticing it . Sounds hit the ears , temperatures change , and air currents move . The brain picks up on the subtlest of stimulants and these sometimes influence dreams . So , the conditions that a person goes to sleep in can actually have effects on the things they dream ( Heartmann 1 ).
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