A Theory About Dreams

The idea of having dreams never fails to fascinate me. I’m no psychologist, nor scientist, but I recently came up with a theory about dreams and I wanted to share it.

I did a little bit of research and apparently it’s long believed, though not fully proven, that we only have dreams during the rapid eye moment (REM) stage of our sleep. However, I have a hypothesis; Maybe we’re always dreaming, but it’s only when we are asleep and in the REM stage that we can a focus a higher percentage of our attention on those dreams rather than our senses.

Obviously, while we’re awake we need to use these senses to protect ourselves and proceed with our daily activities and during our sleep we still use our senses (hence waking up to loud noises), but surely during sleep when less is happening for these senses to monitor some of this attention can be diverted to something else – not completely dissimilar to the effects of some types of drug.

This may also explain why I sometimes get déjà vu with my dreams. I sometimes get a dream (or thought process) pop into my head and I’m not sure if it’s something I’ve thought of before or if it’s new, I deeply question that. Maybe I’ve unconsciously thought of it before but not realised because I was awake at the time and unable to focus a large enough amount of attention on it and therefore I hadn’t been able to access/process it until now. Maybe it is entirely new and my mind is playing tricks on me? I really don’t know.

It’s a hard thing to explain, for all I know this could be completely unique to just myself. But those are my thoughts which I’ve been meaning to share for a little while. Feel free to comment below or on my social media if you have a different interpretation – I’d love to hear them.