Why We Forget Our Dreams

By Trista

Dreams can be some very intense experiences. They are the way your brain gets to play while you sleep; exploring the boundaries of your imagination without you having to do any work. However, some dreams can be so intense and feel so real that you don’t even know you’re in a dream. Have you ever woken up in the morning trying to figure out what you just experienced but cannot remember a thing? This occurrence is quite common and has happened to most of us.

So why, then, are our dreams so hard to remember if they provide us with such intense emotional responses? There’s more involved than just lousy memory. Our gender, personality type, and even vitamin intake can affect how our brains function as we sleep. As Billie Eilish sings, “When we all fall asleep, where do we go?” It’s an interesting question to ponder. For more information on how your brain processes information, leads to vivid dreams, and holds on to that information, keep reading!

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1. What Are Dreams?

The ideas, emotions, images, and sensations that we involuntarily experience in our minds during sleep are known as dreams. Scientists have yet to understand dreams fully, but they have been studied throughout history by philosophers. The method of drawing meaning from dreams and looking for an underlying message is known as dream interpretation.

The study of dreams from a scientific perspective is known as oneirology. The rapid-eye-movement stage of sleep, or REM cycle, is the time when brain activity is at its peak. This is the sleep stage, where dreams tend to happen the most. Dreaming can occur during other stages of sleep, but they won’t be as vivid.