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The Mystery of Dreams

What is meant by “a dream”? – It is true that all of our human beings do dream. In dreams, stories, events and images pass through our mind while we are sleeping – but do these things have any meaning? And do our dreams have any connection with the reality? Have you ever questioned yourself about that?

The word “Dream” came from an old English vocabulary, which means “joys, laughter, mirth and music – all rolled into one”. Yes, it is true, indeed. Sometimes when you dream, you feel like you are participating in a story, could be yours or someone else, could be in the present or in the past world… dreams let us travel through the tunnel of time. However, not everyone can remember our dreams, most of us forget it immediately when we wake up, or almost forgot the content. This happens because we do not awake in the REM step – the fifth step of a human’s dream.

REM – or rapid eyes movement – is a definition came from the research of scientist about dreams in the nineteenth century. It said that while we sleep, our brain moves through five different stages:

  • The first stage is the beginning of your sleep, also known as the transition between sleep and wakefulness. In this stage, our body remains alert of activities taken place around us and it will last only a brief time, around 5 to 10 minutes.
  • The second and third stages come when our body’s temperature and heart rate become slower, ready for a deeper sleep. In the Third stage, the transition between a light and a very deep sleep start to emerge.
  • And, when the deep stages of our sleep come, it is when the fourth stage begins, also known as the delta sleep – because of the slow brain waves, or the delta waves that occur during this period. Bed-wetting and sleep-walking are likely to happen in this stage.
  • Finally, our brain comes to the final stage of a sleep – the REM stage – which happens when our body’s muscle become more relaxed and brain activities get stronger – this is also where dreams begin to take place. In a particular sleep, we can process into REM sleep after 90 minutes of sleeping; each REM only lasts for a short amount of time, but will become longer in later cycles. REM stage can last for maximum 1 hour as sleep progresses.

Ancient Romans and Greeks believe that dreams are when we hear the words from Gods; he came and spoke to us while we are sleeping. Others think that dreams are what we want but cannot get in the real life, often are sex and aggression desires. However, it is mostly true to say that dreams are the trackback of what we most impresses during the daylight – and when night falls, our brain cannot stop thinking about these even though we are sleeping, and these images come together to become a full story about what we were concerning when we awaked.

In some theories, it is said that our brain become stronger while we are dreaming, because in the REM stage, all brain activities increase while muscle relaxes – and ideas or researches could be generated in dreams. There are some example to illustrate this: Mendeleev – a famous Russian scientist – the father of the periodic table of the elements in chemistry sector – said that he could not arranged the elements in their appropriate orders until a mysterious dream came, brought along the complete format of the element arrangements. Or, the writer Marry Shelly said she had a very strong dream about a scientist using a machine to make a death creature come alive, when she awaked, she began to write a book about the frightened monster – which is the result of doctor Frankenstein and his researches on human’s body parts.

Dreams are also known as the prediction of the future, or a motivation that drives people to particular actions. And its definitions become different in diverse cultures: in Mexico, people believe that dreams is a visit of other worlds which come to our minds when we are at sleep. Chinese thinks dream are a path for us to meet the people from the death while European thinks that dreams bring along evil that could lead people to do bad things…

Above are the theories of where dreams come from. However, human’s brains are something that not yet fully-discovered by scientist, so, there are still many mysterious remains hidden when we close our eyes and fall at sleep…


“How we dream?” and “Why we dream?” are still a secret with mankind… maybe, it is true that our human beings are not just sand in this entire universe, but also a little thing in our own minds.

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