Is Dreaming Beneficial?

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You may not always remember them when the alarm clock shatters your slumber in the morning, but chances are you had a dream or two while you slept. Even when you do remember the dreams you had during the night, there are very few that stick with you, unless of course they are particularly horrific. While most of us are dismissive of our dreams, scientists feel that there is much to be learned from. They can see through the weirdness and otherworldly type images that dreams produce, with many feeling that our subconscious mind is trying to send us a message.

 

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That actually makes a whole lot of sense when you think about it. Have you ever been swamped with work, putting in endless hours at the office, only to go to bed and start dreaming that you are working again? The feeling is that it’s your subconscious mind telling you that it’s time to take a break. Scientists that research dreams will tell you that these are all signs that attention should be paid to in order to stay in good health. Your brain is basically reaching out to you as you sleep, giving you a wake-up call that it’s time to start paying attention to what you are doing in your day-to-day life.

 

Not everyone believes that dreams have some kind of benefit or hidden meaning and some people feel that it is nothing more than a natural process of the human body, rather than some magical message from the deepest, darkest recesses of the mind. The feeling here is that giving meaning to dreams is much like what you feel when you visit a fortune teller. We become so consumed with the idea that the whole thing works that we will start to attach meanings to things that really have no relevance. There is also the likelihood that dreams are nothing more than us replaying the events of the past few days or weeks, albeit in a way that resembles looking through a kaleidoscope. It’s also possible that our minds are still processing noises from wherever we sleep. For example, how many times have you had a dream where shots are being fired, only to wake up to the sound of someone pounding on the front door? The gunshots in your dream are nothing more than your brain processing that exterior sound in a way that will get you to wake up.

 

If you are one of those that feels as though dreams do hold some sort of clue to the stresses and feelings that we are somehow suppressing, then it may be a good idea to keep a dream journal by the bed. As soon as you wake up, get in the habit of writing down as many details of your dreams as you can remember. Dreams have a way of quickly fading from the memory, and trying to recall them later can be pretty close to impossible.  Writing all of this stuff down may show you a pattern emerging that will help you pinpoint what your subconscious is trying to tell you while you sleep.

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There are some folks that get some real benefits from their dreams, and they too will tell you that a dream journal is a fantastic idea. Songwriters and authors have long used imagery from dreams to create new pieces for us to enjoy. Stephanie Meyer, the author of the Twilight series, got the idea for the story from a dream that she had. While it takes some imagination to expand a single dream into a series of books, the original dream can often serve as the catalyst for something bigger.

 

The debate about what dreams really are, as well as any benefits they might provide is one that is likely to go on forever. I say that you should just go with whatever you believe them to be, and try to make the most of what they are telling you, whether that be for your health or as the basis of a great story.

 

 

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Morgan is the founder and editor of REALITYPLEX. After suffering from a life-threatening accident, he realized that the way we perceive things around us is based on our beliefs, emotions and experiences. In an effort to draw the line between perception and reality, he launched REALITYPLEX in 2011. Get to know him better and connect with him on Facebook, Twitter and G+