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The Basics
Dreams are a key ingredient of our sleep. Whether or not we remember them, we do usually dream each night, many times over as we rest. Dreaming is a product of our day times thoughts and our small worries or fears, or perhaps of aspirations.
No group of scientists or psychologist has ever produced a definition of dreaming that any other group agreed with. Ergo, there is no biological reason for, or definition of, dreaming. Some information we can agree on is that generally dreams are associated with a type of sleep known as REM sleep, when the brain is as close to the waking state as it can be and still provide rest.

This, researchers all concur is the time when we dream the most frequently and the most strongly. It is actually unknown which aspect of the brain controls dreams, or whether there is in fact any part of the brain that controls them. It is also unknown why we have dreams.

Humans spend about 5-6 years, or about a tenth of their lives in dreaming and it is considered to be one of the most necessary parts of our lives..In reality if you don’t sleep well, or if your sleep is disturbing to your sleep, and prevents it, that is the time to consider some method of treatment for your dreaming as it can and does cause such side effects as falling asleep at inappropriate times, such as when working or driving.

Dream History and Research
Both Freud and Jung said that dreams are an interaction between our conscious and our unconscious. They also believe, almost as one unit on this subject, that the dominant aspect of the dream is the unconscious. It is in fact finding a way to let the conscious mind know of its own state of awareness.

Jung also believed that the bizarre aspects of the dream were a language all their own, which he compared to poetry, and stated they were “uniquely capable of revealing” the dreams meaning.

Many companies, groups and psychics have over the years made a reasonable living at offering dream interpretations, yet no one is certain that this is possible. Certain key aspects of a dream may relate to a given event but even that is not a surety.

Nightmare Research

A nightmare is essentially a disturbing dream from which one has difficulty awaking or a dream will force some level of awakening. Emotional aspects of nightmares may be the feelings of anger, sadness, depression or guilt. .The most common outstanding feature of any nightmare is fear.

Nightmares will be very different from one person to another, and none of us can truly know how the nightmare originates or how it begins.

Nightmares seem to follow a certain scenario more than other however.
The most common is that of being chased, or trapped in some way.

Nightmares may at times be related to intense stress or deep emotional conflict which needs to be resolved before the nightmares will cease, such as in the case of a very traumatic event when the dreaming will come into being after the event plays out.

No one truly understands nightmare activity, or where it originates in the brain, nor has a significant amount of research been accomplished to permit us to know how to treat nightmares in most cases, although there has been an attempt made to find a method of treating nightmares.

Although nightmares themselves have not been specifically studied to find meanings for them, researchers determined that those who suffered from nightmares could benefit in many ways from being able to change them to lucid dream type dreaming.

They performed a pilot study late last year that showed a lucid dream treatment could be successful in lowering the frequency of a nightmare which persisted for days. The treatment they proposed consisted of being exposed to to mastery of lucid dreaming and lucidity exercises.

No one was able to determine what reason the treatment succeeded or what part of the treatment actually worked, however the experiment itself was billed as a success.

Lucid Dreaming
A lucid dream is one in which the dreamer logically assumed that he or she is dreaming. It begins usually as a normal dream, and the dreamer concludes during the course of the dream that it is a dream and at that point usually for all intents and purposes is awakened by his realization. I had these frequently and was quite troubled really when I was told that I could not know, when i was asleep, that I was dreaming

Lucid dreaming has been well researched by several psychologist and psychiatrists as well as other researcher who thought to prove it false in the beginning. Lucid dreaming is now established as being a very real scientific entity.

If you are an insomniac, or your dreams disturb your sleep more than one or two days a week, do seek some help from your physician

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