Dreams are stories and images that our minds create while we sleep. They can be entertaining, fun, romantic, disturbing, frightening. There are many reasons why we dream, or why we might dream. “Dreams are the touchstones of our characters.” – Henry David Thoreau Dreams have fascinated philosophers for thousands of years, but only recently have dreams been subjected to empirical research and concentrated scientific study. Chances are that you’have often found yourself puzzling over the mysterious content of a dream, or perhaps you’have wondered why you dream at all. One of the major theories to explain why we sleep is that sleep allows us to consolidate and process all of the information that we have collected during the previous day. Some dream experts suggest that dreaming is simply a by-product or even an active part of this information-processing. As we deal with the multitude of information and memories from the daytime, our sleeping minds create images, impressions, and narratives to manage all of the activity going on inside our heads as we slumber. This doesn’t mean that dreams have no “meaning,” that they make no sense. To the contrary, dreams correlate with age, gender, culture, and personal preoccupations, as evidence on this site and in many research studies suggests.
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