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Nightmares

re: Nightmares

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by » Thu Aug 20, 2020 05:02 pm

I don't think anybody understands dreams very well.  One theory is that it's our brains trying to make sense of things.  My dreams always seem to be triggered by some recent event.  They never seem to make any sense, which goes along with that theory, because much of the world doesn't make sense to me and I'm sure my brain would be inclined to make whatever sense of the world it could.  The brain insists on dreaming.  People who drink too much can't dream when they drink to unconsciousness, which is why after days go by without dreaming, the brain begins to dream while they're awake, hence the delerium tremens,or DTs.  We tend to dream during certain stages of sleep, which can be indicated by eye movement, and we use that idea to determine when animals dream.  Cats, dogs and monkeys dream a lot.  Most mammals do.  Birds have very short dreams, just a few seconds each.  Reptiles don't seem to dream at all.  Apparently, dreaming comes from our neo-cortex, which makes up about a third of our brain.  In chimpanzees it's about 11%.  In cats and dogs it's about 3%.  Birds barely have any at all, and reptiles just don't seemto have one.  My neo-cortex seems to have been very busy lately.  John

re: Nightmares

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by » Wed Aug 19, 2020 04:13 pm

No all but most of the dreams I remember are sort of viewed outside myself, like watching a TV or movie. Does that make a bit more sense?

 

re: Nightmares

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by » Wed Aug 19, 2020 03:54 pm

OK, I might know what you mean.  Like you were a sort of third person watching yourself, but still not aware you're dreaming?  Can you remember any?  John

re: Nightmares

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by » Tue Aug 18, 2020 07:05 pm
John wrote:

I'm not sure what you meant when you said you knew you were dreaming, but not in the dream

 Hmm, hard to explain. In some of my dreams it is like I am watching not IN the dream, even if I am in it. Watching I may know it is a dream, but the me I am watching does not. Does that make much sense?

re: Nightmares

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by » Mon Aug 17, 2020 05:05 pm

I definitely do not like having dreams, because they never make sense and it always bothers me when they don't.  They're not always nightmares but I don't think they're ever good.  I still remember a couple of nightmares from when I couldn't have been more than 3 or 4 years old.  My parents were going through a breakup at the time and it obviously left a really bad impression on me.

I read once, that if you write down your dream when you first wake up, you'll probably remember it.  I know that's true because I've done it, so I remember a few dreams very well years later, that I'm sure I would have forgotten in a day or so.  I didn't have to write down that lucid dream though.  It was so bizarre I can easily recount it.  Of course, I told Cheri all about it the next day, which may have had the same effect as writing it down.

I'm not sure what you meant when you said you knew you were dreaming, but not in the dream.  John

re: Nightmares

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by » Mon Aug 17, 2020 12:54 pm

Not in the dream itself, but I have a knoledge that it is a dream, if that makes sense. The characters in the dream do not seem to know, but like a over watching narrator knows.

I like having dreams, I just wish I remembered them more often.

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