A lot has been said about dreams. And still, nothing can put this dilemma to rest—neither the mechanics of dreaming nor the means. The mechanics surely exist. We do it, we dream. Most of us have 3 to 5 dreams at night. Few of us have even seven or none. Maybe those having none just don’t remember having them. We dream, and that’s a fact.
How do we do it? There is still a lot of shadows here since “how?” has too much to do with “why?”. Sigmund Freud said we make the dreams they don’t just happen to us. Our conscience is not fully asleep, but sleepy enough to allow unconscious desires to become a dreaming reality. Psychoanalysis emerged from this belief.
So, why do we do it? Do we do it, or is it happening to us? Is there in intention, a goal, a purpose, a reason for dreams? Many theories are fighting for the supremacy of sense, but none is enough. Also, all of them can be accurate at the same time. The evolutionary theory says that we dream so to learn to deal with life’s complexity. The memory consolidation’ theory says we dream so to consolidate and rank our memories.
New Research Focused on Dreams and Why We Dream
The newest mood regulatory function of dreams theory claims we dream of recalibrating our emotional state. The other two “have at least one thing in common – during times of stress and anxiety we either dream more or remember our dreams more often, as a way of coping with challenging circumstances and new information,” says Jason Ellis, professor of sleep science at Northumbria University.
But is that the exhaustive explanation of dreaming? Do we dream just to regulate our mood and anxiety?
Somehow, we continue our existence during sleep. We process the reality than continues to exist around us, and we transform it into dreams. Smells, sounds, touches, everything that is happening around us still exists, and it is again happening to us in our dreams—all but the visible sight of reality. We close our eyes, and behind our eyelids, we envision another reality.
Psychiatry, neurology, psychology, they all try to make sense of dreams. Before them, dreams were surrounded by mysticism, and somewhat that made more sense. Philosophy falls in the middle since it is not a science, but it does make more sense than any science sometimes. So far, dreams continue to have more in common with mysticism than with any science. But common sense tells us we shouldn’t let ourselves fall into that ancient darkness.