How Dreams Actually Work - A Beginner's Guide

Our dreams combine verbal, visual and emotional stimuli

Our dreams combine verbal, visual and emotional stimuli into a sometimes interrupted, nonsensical but often entertaining storyline. Sometimes we can even solve problems in our sleep. Or can we? Many experts disagree on what exactly the goal of our dreams could be. Are they strictly random brain impulses, or are our brains actually processing the problems of our daily lives while we sleep - as some sort of coping mechanism? Do we even have to bother to interpret our dreams? Many say yes that we can learn a lot from our dreams.

In this article, we’ll talk about the main dream theories, from Freud’s vision to the hypotheses that claim we can control our dreams. We’ll discover what scientists say happens in our brains when we dream and why we struggle to remember these nighttime storylines. We will talk about how you can try to control your dreams - both what you dream about and what you do once you have the dream. We’ll also find out what dream experts say certain scenarios mean. Finding yourself naked at work may not mean at all what you think it means!

For centuries we’ve been trying to figure out why our brains play these nighttime shows for us. Early civilizations thought that dream worlds were real, physical worlds that they could only enter from their dream state. Researchers continue to scramble many theories about dreams.

Those theories essentially fall into two categories:

  • The idea that dreams are just physiological stimuli.
  • The idea that dreams are psychologically necessary.