In Your Dreams...


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Lately a lot of people have been blogging about sleep, let's take a look at dreams! Two nights ago I woke up from a dream panicking and sweaty. My roommate and I had just been shot and then I woke up! The next day I was telling her about my dream, and how I never have dreams where I'm so scared and wake up thinking I'm still in them, and we both wondered, what is a dream and can you control what you dream about, if so, how? A dream, as defined on merriam-webster.com, is a series of thoughts, images, or emotions occurring during sleep.

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One theory on how you can control your dreams is through an iPhone app, pretty interesting right? After reading more of the article I learned that a new iPhone app developed by Professor Richard Wiseman allows you to shape your dreams, based on research into the influence of sounds during sleep. Research had been done on this theory in the mid-70s at Stamford University but it was never published, so Wiseman decided to team up with a mobile development team and together they formed the app Dream:ON. Through this app, one chooses a soundscape, either a Tokyo trip, Wild West scene, or peaceful garden.  Once you pick one of those the app monitors while you sleep and plays the sound you chose when you are likely to be in a dream. "Potentially, you have a way of controlling people's dreams and giving them more pleasant ones. Which means that when they wake up in the morning, hopefully they'll be in a better mood" says Wiseman. So, I decided to download the app and I'll test it tonight! This is only one theory on how to control your dreams.

Another theory I found on this came from scientificamerican.com. First they redefined what a dream is, stating that it is a narrative experience that occurs during sleep. A few people will define it as a REM (rapid eye movement) sleep experience but, actually, research doesn't support that. This theory on controlling dreams says that there are numerous ways to do so, such as, inducing lucid dreams, trying to dream about particular content and trying to dream a solution to a particular personal or objective problem, they also said you can induce nightmares to stop them from reoccurring, or, to turn them into some sort of mastery dream. If you want to problem-solve in a dream," you should first of all think of the problem before bed, and if it lends itself to an image, hold it in your mind and let it be the last thing in your mind before falling asleep". This way of controlling your dreams is more of the way like the movie Inception, as mentioned in this article. To learn more about these ways to control your dreams click here.

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Both of these theories have been tested on people and have successfully worked. Learning that you can control your dreams is one thing, but learning different ways of how to do so is pretty remarkable. I encourage you to try one of these different ways to control your dreams and see if it works. Be sure to check out the websites and follow how to properly control them, I know I'm going to. Good luck!

 

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Dreams are such an interesting topic because they lie in our subconscious, yet we reflect on them while fully awake. The thought that there is an IPhone App to control dreams blows my mind; where do they come up with these things?!

Many question whether dreams are random or whether they connect to real life. From experience, the answer is both. I have had dreams that are completely unrealistic, such as when I saw the movie The Mummy as a child and had nightmares for months about organ eating cockroaches crawling all over me. Then I have had dreams where they connect to something going on in my life from the past or present.

Something I have thought about a lot is how sometimes, I am asleep dreaming, yet I know I am dreaming. This might be hard to conceptualize if you have never experienced it…basically I am asleep fully, but yet somehow I am still conscious that I am dreaming and it’s as if my mind is creating a movie when making the dream. I control what happens, who is in yet, and how it plays out.

I have also heard about how every dream can have an underlying meaning. Sigmund Freud, a famous psychologist I am sure many of you have heard of, said that dreams are very symbolic. He “suggested that dreams express what people unconsciously wish for, in disguise,” according to Dreams.com. Apparently dreams had never been formally “subjected to scientific investigation.”

Not only do humans dream, mammals do too! I wonder how scientists can test this if animals can’t talk. I would imagine that the scientists study the animals while they are sleeping. Sometimes, when my dog was sleeping she would start twitching or making weird movements/noises and my mom used to always say she was dreaming. I wonder what my little puppy was dreaming about with the lifestyle of a lazy house pet!

As The Dreams Foundation describes it, our dreams are another part of ourselves that we seldom think about. They “encompass yet another sphere of activity.” Few people remember their dreams. I once heard that if you do not fully recall your whole dream within some number of seconds after waking up, it is gone. I tried it many times, and it holds to be true! I wake up, think about a part of my dream, get distracted by something else, then try to recall my whole dream, and I cannot. Try it next time!

Do you think that dreaming truly signifies life events? The topic is one that can be argued both ways depending on the dream or the person. What dreams have you had that either correlated to your life or were so far off they would never happen?

I've always wondered about why we dream what we dream! There were so many good links both the blog and the comments. To answer Paulina's question, I don't particularly think that dreams signify life events, but I do think that they signify our hopes or goals in life. There have been several times where I've dreamt about getting a good grade on a paper, winning an award, and even ending up with the right guy! While I doubt that these were the last things I was thinking about before I went to sleep, they were certainly things that were in the back of my mind for a while.
I'm also interested to try out the app that Alexis mentioned, although I'm definitely skeptical.
Something I am also interested in is how our dreams are interpreted. Most people think that dream interpretation, or dream-reading, is a bunch of bull sh*t. However, I really think it means something. Sometimes when I have really weird or very vivid dreams, I look them up on this website, DreamMoods.com. It may be silly, but i've always been interested in what the results were. One time I had a dream that I reunited with my best friend from home in Times Square on New Years Eve. According to this website, it meant that I needed to resolve some conflicts with this friend- which was in fact the truth. Think of a dream you've had and look it up in the dream dictionary. You may be surprised by what it reveals!

Like many here I am always interested in dreams and why they occur. Probably the thing that fascinates me the most is that everything is normal in a dream. We don't question the reality of dreams no matter how absurd they seem when we awake.
Train running through your bedroom that happens to be attached to a strip mall.....COMPLETELY ACCEPTABLE!
I looked up the app and figured I'd give it a go. I will post my take on it in a couple of days.

with that I leave you all with this. Dream Moods

Last semester in my psychology class,we spent a big chunk of time talking about our dreams.While the class didn't go into this offbeat notion to control our dreams,we did come out with some ideas of how to prevent bad dreams from happening,such as avoid reading detective stories involving extensive gore contents,avoid thinking about ghosts in bed,etc.
Dreams are integral part of our cognitive world.Rather saying to control our dreams,why don't we propose what will happen if one experiences total deprivation of dreams for a prolonged time?Will he become victim of weird frankensteinian mental illness?or he will be perfectly normal like people who are able to dream according to their wills?
Controlling our dreams sounds appealing,but getting rid of our dreams sounds disastrous to you?

Last semester in my psychology class,we spent a big chunk of time talking about our dreams.While the class didn't go into this offbeat notion to control our dreams,we did come out with some ideas of how to prevent bad dreams from happening,such as avoid reading detective stories involving extensive gore contents,avoid thinking about ghosts in bed,etc.
Dreams are integral part of our cognitive world.Rather saying to control our dreams,why don't we propose what will happen if one experiences total deprivation of dreams for a prolonged time?Will he become victim of weird frankensteinian mental illness?or he will be perfectly normal like people who are able to dream according to their wills?
Controlling our dreams sounds appealing,but getting rid of our dreams sounds disastrous to you?

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