Why Do We Dream?

Whether you're one who tends to remember dreams in vivid detail, or swear that you never dream (spoiler alert: You do), this playlist applies to you. About 90 minutes after we settle our heads onto a pillow and fall asleep, we begin the sleep stage of rapid eye movement, known as the REM cycle. That's where dreams are born and thrive.

The science behind what brings our dreams to life and the psychology supporting their meaning and interpretation is a blend of medical science, mental processes and folklore. So what do your dreams say about you? Discover the hidden messages that emerge in the mind once you drift off to snoozeland.

Key Facts In This Video

  1. Everybody has about three to seven dreams a night, even if they don't remember them. 00:17

  2. Performing "reality checks" in dreams can lead to the realization that you are dreaming. 00:36

  3. Trying to stay aware while the body falls asleep may cause the temporary condition known as sleep paralysis. 01:38

Written by Curiosity Staff January 14, 2014

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