Dreams: A Dose Of Weirdness

Dreams: A Dose Of Weirdness

We all have had weird dreams with laughable and bizarre scenarios that defy any kind of logic.

According to a new hypothesis, the random weirdness in dreams is there for a reason: to help us handle the unexpected in a better way, as life is unpredictable and always in flux.

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  1. Sigmund Freud believed dreams are our latent desires and repressed wishes, which are sometimes symbolic.
  2. Some scientists believe dreams help us consolidate our memory and are a sort of brain housekeeping.
  3. Some believe dreams are ancient biological radars, helping us to practice upcoming threats.
  4. Dreams may help us make new connections by joining together random strings of memories.
  5. Dreams are also seen as a way to build empathy between people by sharing stories.
  6. Dreams may be a way to help us regulate our emotions.

Dreams add some chaos to our mundane life, a form of random noise that contrasts with routine life in the daytime.

By creating a Bizarro version of the world around us, dreams help us gain a well-rounded and less simplistic understanding of it.

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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.

Having weird dreams in quarantine? You're not alone.

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Nightmares

Nightmares are broadly defined as frightening dreams that result in some degree of awakening from sleep. 

Nightmares themselves contribute to disrupted sleep not only by waking the sleeper but also because they can lead to fear of falling asleep and returning to a disturbing dream. According to research, nightmares may contribute to insomnia, daytime fatigue, depression, and anxiety.

Why We Dream What We Dream

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Your dreams may be ways of confronting emotional dramas in your life. 

Because your brain is operating at a much more emotional level than when you’re awake, your brain may make connections regarding your feelings that your conscious self wouldn’t make.

Why Do We Dream? The Role of Dreams and Nightmares

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