Vivid dreams

During the 2020 pandemic, many people anecdotally reported surreal and more vivid dreams than usual.

Some theorize that the onset of vivid imagery is a result of changing sleep schedules. Others attribute this vividness to the emotional and physical chaos.

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The continuity theory of dreams hypothesizes that people dream about the stuff they're thinking about and doing while they are awake.

Some researchers believe that dreams have a functional purpose that prepares us for difficult or challenging situations when we awake.

The biggest variables that influence your dreams have to do with your regular sleep cycles. If it is a very traumatic event, people will experience nightmares.

People are also thinking more about their dreams, which makes them remember their dreams better.

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What Are Dreams?

Dreams are images, thoughts, or feelings that occur during sleep. Visual imagery is the most common, but dreams can involve all of the senses. Some people dream in colour while others dream in black and white,and people who are blind tend to have more dream components related to sound, taste, and smell.

Lucid Dreaming
  • You’re aware of your consciousness during a dream
  • You can control what happens in your dream
  • Occurs during rapid eye movement (REM), the dream-stage of sleep
  • 55% of people have had one or more lucid dreams in their lifetime
  • a form of metacognition, or awareness of your awareness
Talking about dreams

People are compelled to talk about dreams. It is a natural impulse because dreams are emotional, affect moods, feel profound. 

What is unusual is that we live in a culture where we’re expected to forget our dreams. We have this cliche that it is boring to talk about dreams.

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