Sweet Dreams are Made of This

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This morning the day hits different for Melanie. She woke up from a complete, vivid, fulfilling dream that made her instantly feels recharged. The dream was not only felt real, it was picturesque. It was also giving a warm fuzzy feeling, a serene atmosphere. In the dream, Melanie and his long-time friend that she secretly cares so much were lounging in a sofa at his apartment. They were chilling comfortably watching a movie. Cuddling closely, was a scene that would only takes place in that very own realm. The feelings were very much mutual with each other. When Melanie woke up, as if her life were complete. She thought sweet dreams only exist in her childhood.

in Michael’s story, he had his father came by in his dream a few days ago. His father had passed away months before. In the dream, he showed up in the exact opposite of how his conditions were, days before he died. His father seem far from ill, depressed or in pain. Rather, he appeared healthy, glowing with a smile. He just sat calmly in the living room of Michael’s childhood home. The dream soothes him so much, that the effect lingers throughout the day after he wakes up.

How and what are these sweet dreams are made of ? And why do they have such a powerful vibes afterwards?

Science of dreams

We all might have heard about Sigmund Freud’s approach in interpreting dreams. In his psychological knowledge, dreams are based on human’s nature of sexual drive. While Carl Jung who was a protégé of Freud, expand his views on dreams. Jung would usually relate to the current psychological reflection of the dreamer. Here’s several things you might interested to know on dream “manufacturing”.

We try to make sense of it

Dreams, as written in scientific american by Sander van der Linden, were explained as something that don’t have any meaning.”..they are merely electrical brain impulses that pull random thoughts and imagery from our memories. Humans, the theory goes, construct dream stories after they wake up, in a natural attempt to make sense of it all. “

We make a stretch from these splashes of random memory album in our brain, and placed them chronologically. Like a movie, we directed a mix storyboard to console the uncertainty of our life.

A beautiful healing mechanism

In our sleep it is known that, we cleanse all of the waste of memories in our brain. After a full day of mind traffic, synapses wandering around hustling decisions or merely just overthinking, the brainwaves cleared up almost everything. In the stage of this brainwaves sending signals to do its cleaning, sometimes intense dream appears during the REM (Rapid Eye Movement).

Our brain select these memories and retrieve it as part of day-to-day information processing. The beautiful truth beneath it is that assembling dreams is also a form of psychotherapy. A mechanism to attend to our long inflicted wounds when we need it the most. Our longing for answers, missing people in our life, or a shush lullabye to our weary and anxious mind. Humans create this dream subconsciously as a part of healing, and thriving mentally.

Who visits our dream

Studies by D. KahnR. StickgoldE. F. Pace-SchottJ. A. Hobson  have examined from hundreds of adult respondents that the people who showed up in their dreams are the people we know by name. 45% percent among these names were recognizable by face.

Our mind capable of architecting the whole dream components until it feels vivid by the crucial involvement of the mirror neuron system. This resulting a significant amount of realness called the DEB (Dream Enactment Behaviour) by mimicking how the characters appear in the dream would behave in our dreams.

After all, dreaming is a state of consciousness identified by motoric and sensory movement with cognitive, emotional and sometimes verbal experiences collaborating and resulting in imaginary scenes. Thus, we’re lucky that our mind on certain times choose to made sweet dreams.

How much do you like your dream?

Author: Fraya

A writer and entrepreneur with profound interest in humankind research and insights. An avid coffee drinker and book hoarder. Hours and days spent in Jakarta.