Sleep is one of the most important components of human life. It helps to fully relax and restore strength. Its deficiency leads to improper functioning of all body systems, fatigue and various diseases.
The value of sleep for a person and his psyche
Sleep is as natural a human need as food and water. Newborns sleep from 11 to 23 hours, older children — 10–12 hours. An adult needs at least 6–8 hours of sleep for productivity and full functioning.
However, everyone’s biological rhythms are different. Some people feel comfortable when they get up and go to bed early, they are called “larks”, others like to get up late and stay up late — these are “owls”. Since most work schedules are designed for early risers, night owls have a hard time during the working day from 9 to 18. To correct the situation, you should go to bed at the same time, then there will be no problems with productivity.
Various sleep disorders lead to poor health during the day and a drop in performance. Therefore, it is important to go to bed at the same time, try to escape from gloomy thoughts and relax as much as possible.
Images that we can see in a dream
Why do we dream? They reflect the state of our psyche, our daily experiences, doubts, fears. Sometimes our dreams have bizarre plots that are not related to our life.
The founder of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud, believed that seeing this or that plot in a dream means experiencing something that we do not receive in reality. Somnologists believe that our dreams consist of 40% of the events experienced during the day, and 60% of the experiences of our unconscious. The duration of one dream does not exceed 2 minutes, but it may seem that it lasts 1.5–2 hours.
Dreams are not our fantasies. We dream of an alternate reality. It reflects what we want, what we fear, what we think about. Some people clearly remember their feelings while viewing a dream — joy or confusion, sadness or satisfaction.
Some facts about dreams:
- We remember only a small percentage of dreams — only 10%;
- A dream is a dream for any person, with the exception of persons suffering from mental disorders;
- Color dreams are seen by most mentally healthy people, and not just people with disabilities;
- Animals also have dreams;
- People may only see familiar faces in their dreams;
- During the night, from 4 to 7 dreams can be dreamed;
- Dreams can be intertwined with reality.
Thus, with the help of dreams, we “have a conversation” with our subconscious. Bizarre images or strange events are a reflection of our emotions — fears, doubts, experiences.
Correct interpretation of dreams
Of course, people have always been interested in knowing what their dreams mean. For example, the great rulers of the past have always attached great importance to the interpretation of dreams, trying to see in them their own future and the fate of states.
The interpretation of dreams in the Middle Ages was religious in nature. With the beginning of the Renaissance, interest in it gradually weakened with the development of scientific thought, but, starting from the 19th century, it again began to arouse interest. A key role in deciphering the images of dreams was played by Z. Freud, who called them “the road of the unconscious.”
The human psyche is an interesting and mysterious instrument. It is difficult to say what internal processes take place in our brain while viewing dreams. The signals of the unconscious are the largest topic in the research of psychiatrists and somnologists.
The images we see in our dreams should not be taken literally. They can mean certain signals of the subconscious, transmitted in an allegorical form. These are our fears, doubts, fears that we experience during the day.
Of course, it is always interesting for a person to know what awaits him in the future. We sometimes think that the correct interpretation of dreams will help find the answer or predict the future. From childhood, we learn the so-called “folk interpretations” that cockroaches dream of money, and dogs dream of friends. In fact, the signals of our subconscious can be much more complicated, and dream books are contradictory and hardly worth trusting.
When we sleep, logical thinking is turned off, and irrational images come in its place, forced into the subconscious. Someone sees plot dreams, like movies, which have nothing to do with themselves, someone sees living or dead relatives or people with whom communication ceased many years ago. These can be encrypted warnings or projections of sensations from real life.
For example, frequent nightmares may indicate certain problems with the psyche, the nervous overload that a person experiences in real life, and even the onset of depression. In this case, he needs a consultation with a psychotherapist and a detailed analysis of the images with a projection on a real life situation. If the dream is absurd and its images do not carry any meaning, then it should be forgotten.
Human dreams are one of the most mysterious phenomena. Seeing pictures, bizarre images, intricate plots is normal. But, nevertheless, it should not be absolutized and given too much importance. Of course, people will be interested in trying to “decipher” the messages of their subconscious. Popular dream books give too conflicting information to be trusted. If you want to decipher the meaning of your dream, then it is better to turn to real life events and analyze what really worries or inspires you.
So-called “prophetic” dreams are nothing more than a coincidence with real events, and it is hardly worth attaching great importance to them. They can be fully explained from a scientific point of view — perhaps they were preceded by some events from your real life that you forgot about or simply did not attach importance to. In any case, a person’s dreams do not carry anything mystical or supernatural.