Why we forget dreams

Facts That Prove Why We Forget Our Dreams

Many people have extraordinary retaining skills to remember everything they have faced in life. But, have you ever noticed the reason why most individuals despite of having extraordinary retaining capabilities fails to remember the dreams they saw last night. Well, if not then go ahead and we’ll help you out with it.

Do We Dream Whole Night?

Of-course NO. Dreams can occur anytime when we sleep. The most vivid dreams occur during the deep REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, when the subconscious part of brain is highly active. Studies shows that on an average we dream at least four to six times every single night.

Do We Dream Whole Night

Why Do Humans Dream?

We researched on this cause, but there was no definite answer anywhere. Some neuro-scientists believe that dreams have no direct connection with our life. They are just phenomenal activities that take place in our lives whenever our subconscious mind is highly active but our conscious mind is sleeping. The subconscious mind starts to connect the thoughts and impressions that have been stored by it at some point of life and the result is then shown sometimes in the form of dreams. That’s why most of the scientists got their discoveries when they were dreaming.

Dreaming is considered healthy for mind and heart. Those who have sleep disorders do not experience deep sleep, hence unable to dream at night. The consequences of not dreaming at night are:

  • Depression
  • Tension
  • Wait increment
  • Hallucinating tendency
  • Difficulty in concentration
  • Difficulty to remember things
  • Lack of coordination
  • Restlessness

Why Do Humans Dream

Why We Forget Dreams:

Scientists are still struggling to determine the exact reason for why dreams are easily forgotten. Some said to us that our body is designed to do so. If we would remember all our dreams then it would be too difficult for us to differentiate the outcomes of a real day and an imaginary dream.

Additionally, it might be harder to recollect dreams on the grounds during REM sleep since our body shut down its functioning systems commanded by our brain including those that are responsible for storing memories. We may just recall dreams that happen just before we wake, when some of the brain activities have been turned back on.

Some experts claim that we don’t actually forget dreams, we actually don’t know to recall them. You might have actually noticed certain things in real life, which reminded you some of your night dreams. Dreams often occurs as a result of some processed information and thus stored somewhere in our brain waiting to be recalled. After a long time, if not recalled they get flushed away.

Why We Forget Dreams

How to Remember Dreams:

  1. Waking up Naturally: If you wake up naturally without an alarm, you are more keen to remember what happened to you in your dreams that night.]
  2. Reminding Yourself: Keep focusing on your thinking trying to remember the dream of that night  right after you wake up. Chances are more to recall them at that time.
  3. Make a Habit: Regularly remind yourself before going to sleep that this night you will remember your dreams, soon you’ll realize you are able to do it.

How to Remember Dreams

Stages of Sleep Cycle:

When we sleep at night time, we normally experience an assortment of sleep cycles. And every individual sleep cycle consists of 4 different phase of sleep. We should experience what separates these stages and what we think about each of them.

Stages of Sleep Cycle

NREM Phase 1: (Non Rapid Eye Movement)

This phase happens after we have chosen to rest and and our eyes are closed. This phase typically lasts between 1 and 10 minutes. It is a lighter form of sleep such that we can rapidly return to being completely wakeful.

Note: Individuals having irregular sleeping habits have a tendency to have these hypnic jerks more frequently.

NREM Phase 2:

This phase usually lasts about 20 minutes and is characterised by a slowing heart rate while lowering the temperature of body. Waking up from this phase usually hard. The Brain starts emitting waves in higher quantity. Body starts paralysing (going into rest position by stopping their functioning).

Note: We spend most of our nights in Stage 2 sleep (around 45% of total sleep duration).

NREM Phase 3:

This stage commonly begins 35-45 minutes after falling asleep. At this point, we sleep through most potential sleep disturbances (noises and movements) without demonstrating any response. Sudden waking up at this phase will cause us to feel disoriented and headache for some time.

REM Phase 4: (Rapid Eye Movement)

This is the last phase of a standard rest cycle. This is the deepest sleep cycle in which our eyes start to fluctuate in all directions and dreams occur in this stage itself. The first Rapid Eye Movement sleep stage usually lasts around 10 minutes and keep recurring after a rest of every 90 minutes during sleep. Sleepwalking and bed-wetting episodes also occur in this phase for some individuals. At this level, the heart rate increases and beats are irregular.

REM stages normally get longer and longer as the night passes by such that the last REM stage can last up to an hour.

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