Dreams are a common experience throughout the world, with human beings, animals and even birds being able to dream in their sleep.
According to a cluster of studies over the ages, a few theories about dreams:
Many cultures and traditions interpret dreams in different ways, and bad dreams, it turns out, may not be that bad.
Negative dreams can forewarn us and make us handle things in a better way, if and when the situation arises in real life.
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A lucid dream is one in which you are aware that you are dreaming even though you're still asleep.
Lucid dreaming is thought to be a combination state of both consciousness and REM sleep, during which you can often direct or control the dream content.
Night terrors are very intense episodes of fright during dreams. These frightening episodes are often accompanied by screaming or yelling, as well as by physical movement such as leaping out of bed or flailing in panic.
Research suggests that sleep terrors occur during non-REM sleep dreaming, while nightmares tend to happen during REM sleep.
In lucid dreams, you become aware you’re dreaming. You can take control of the plot. They can be anything from a brief moment where you’re in a nightmare and tell yourself: “this is a dream” and wake up.