Understanding How Dreams Work
Dreaming is part of a nightly routine, where we dream anywhere from several times per night. Most dreams happen to be just a recollection of the day’s events, or some fantasy world that the brain might come up with. The concept of dreaming within a dream is highly debated due to its unlikelihood. There are certain factors to consider, to decide if it is possible, combined with firsthand experiences.
Usually when humans dream, consciousness of the real world is lost momentarily. This makes it impossible to know that you are dreaming, except for lucid dreams. The world in a dream feels real in the present moment even though it is unusual in certain aspects. In this dream state, it is theoretically impossible to dream inside it. Generally, consciousness is lost when you sleep, becoming unaware of their immediate environment. And since dreams are a recollection of random thoughts accumulated in your brain, you cannot dream in a dream because the brain doesn’t have an account for what happens when you fall asleep. Lucid dreaming refers to a condition where the dreamer is aware that they are dreaming.
This is possible due to certain conditions present during sleep. It is common in people who have highly active frontal lobes. The person who is in a lucid dream knows that they are dreaming and can control how that dream plays out. It is not clear how or why there is lucid dreaming, but suggestions have been brought up as to why conscious dreaming occurs. Conscious dreaming only happens when a person goes deep in their sleep, usually known as Rapid Eye Movement Sleep or REM sleep. In this state, the brain’s activity increases with breathing rate and eye movements are very rapid. Researchers suggest that increased brain activity could cause the brain to become trapped in a semi-dream, semi-reality state.
Understanding dreams completely is a monumental task that is undergoing constant reshaping of facts as more are being understood. Dreams being a recollection of stored memories, are unique to each person. Conscious dreaming offers a degree of self awareness and control in a dream state. Dreaming in a dream is highly unlikely because while dreaming, consciousness of the immediate environment is momentarily lost. Although scientists are uncovering more facts about dreaming, most mysteries remain unexplained. Dreaming is a common phenomenon for human beings during nighttime sleep, but more of its mysteries are still yet to be uncovered.