Sleeping Sound and Dreaming Big: The Basics Behind Dreaming


Dreams, as most people know them to be, are stories made in our imagination while we sleep. Images in our heads and depictions of certain emotions are unique for each individual. For example, think about something stressful. In your mind, it could be school or work, but in another’s mind, it could be eating habits and how much water they drank throughout the day.


Certain chemicals get delivered to your brain during the dream phase of sleep. Before the actual fantasies though, there are three other processes you must go through. Each one is considered REM, which is short for Rapid Eye Movement.

The first stage of REM sleep is simple. Your brain slowly shifts from being awake to going to sleep. This event happens in a relatively short period of time, generally 5-10 minutes.


Parts of your brain shut down, or lower their activity, as you begin to fall asleep. Waves and signals sent from the brain slow down as well. Your body temperature will generally drop to keep you comfortable throughout the night. 


The second stage is a bit more complex. This stage is normally considered to be “intermediate sleep”, in the words of Dr. Krahn. It becomes significantly more difficult to wake someone from this stage of rest, and this is the prelude to deep sleep. 


Deep sleep is something that the human body needs to begin recovery and feel truly relaxed. Even though the activity in your brain will begin to kick up again, you will remain asleep throughout the process. This is where dreaming happens. 


If you’ve ever researched dreaming and had any dreams yourself, you might’ve learned that some of the things your imaginations come up with have meaning behind them. Your mind has been proven to use dreams and nightmares as a way to filter through your emotions in a way that you can almost understand. 


Dreams and sleep are important to helping the human body function correctly and efficiently. Yet, some people cannot dream. Various diseases can plague the brain and affect how you get your rest, such as insomnia and narcolepsy. 

There are still cures being worked on to help those stuck with disorders that affect how much shuteye afflicted people get. 

Sleep is important for a sound mind and relaxed body.