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During REM sleeping, the neocortex reviews the neural connections and dumbs the unnecessary ones.
Without this process, which results in dreams, the brain could be overrun by useless connections.
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Each dream, including nightmares contains images from our day-to-day life. Sigmund Freud states that each thing we dream has a symbolic meaning which lead to the fulfilment of our subconscious wishes.
Dreams involving dangerous situations are very common and the Primitive Instinct Rehearsal Theory holds that the content of a dream is significant to its purpose.
The Continual Activation Theory proposes that the dreams result from your brain's need to constantly consolidate the long-term memories.
Not being limited to the rules of conventional logic, the mind can create infinite scenarios to help you find solutions that you wouldn't think conscious.
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