HOW CRUCIAL IS DREAMING?
For a long time, night dreaming was thought to interfere with the necessary rest that sleep provides. However, experiments have indicated that dreams are not only a normal part of the sleep process but also vital to psychological health.
Dreams have always held a universal attraction. A lot has been said and written about them. Although most dreams happen spontaneously, dream activity may be stimulated by external influences. ‘Suffocation’ dreams are connected with the breathing difficulties of a heavy cold, for instance.
“TO SLEEP, PERCHANCE TO DREAM…”
Sleep is broken into five distinct parts – Stages 1 through 4, plus REM, an acronym for rapid eye movement. REM and non-REM sleep are quite different, as different from each other as each is from being awake. Much remains unknown about each of the five sleep stages. Most dreaming occurs during REM sleep, a period when the eyeballs move rapidly beneath the closed lids. And whether they remember or not, all adults dream, usually four to six times a night.