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Larien Ikazuchi
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PostSubject: Why Do We Dream?   Thu Jul 02, 2009 5:04 pm

Nobody knows for certain why we dream. One of the first people to come close to a scientific explanation was the Greek philosopher Aristotle. At first, he spoke of the soul exercising special clairvoyant powers, in accord with its divine nature, when freed in sleep from the body's constraint. However, he was to conclude that the function of sleep and dreams was to dissipate the vapors that rose from the stomach after food. Similarly, for many centuries it was believed that blood rose to the brain and caused congestion there. Sleep enabled the blood to drain back into the rest of the body.

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It is also from a psychological point of view, that dreams are a way of our subconscious working through our hopes, fears, ambitions and other such things. But we also only dream during the REM cycle of sleep which some people don't always reach and takes a minimum of 90 minutes or an hour and a half to reach.

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PostSubject: Re: Why Do We Dream?   Mon Jul 13, 2009 5:02 pm

Early 20th-century scientific theories about sleep and dreams proposed that lactic acid, carbon dioxide and cholesterol collected in the bairn during waking hours and were dissipated during sleep. In short, sleep and dreams were thought to be a function of elimination.

Today some psychologists are reconsidering these ideas. Although Aristole and others were clearly wrong scientifically, they may have been correct that dreams are a physiological process. Some current theories propose that dreams aret he body's way of "rebooting" the brain. Dreams dispose of memories that would otherwise clutter the mind with unnecessary remembered experiences. In particular they enable the emotions to become balanced. Dreams get rid of "garbage" and allow the brain's complex chemistry to stabilize. According to this viewpoint, without dreams we would simply overheat.

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