Professor Kim Jaxon
What do dreams mean to you?
I started this paper with asking questions about what exactly is dreaming. I wanted to know what is Lucid dreaming and Parasomnia, and how do you know when you can either lucid dream or you have parasomnia. How do people that lucid dream control their dreams. How many dreams do people have each night
Dreaming has had people curious over the past years. Some people don’t realize that there are different types of dreaming.
The video called “Interesting facts about dreaming, amazing dream facts you didn’t know” by Bet you didn’t know, talks about how when men sleep they usually tend to dream about men 70 percent of the time. Women tend to dream about men and woman equally. While dreaming we have about 3 to 7 dreams but we spend about 2 to 3 hours sleeping. When you wake up from a dream you cant remember what you dreamt of. While dreaming you can only have people in your dream that you already seen. While your dreaming your whole body is usually paralyzed and all neurotransmitters are shut down and your large muscles do not move.
The article “Spontaneous Lucid Dreaming Frequency and Waking Insight” written by Patrick Bourke, talks about lucid dreaming. It explains that lucid dreaming is when someone is aware that they are dreaming within a dream and it happens spontaneously. When you are an experienced lucid dreamer it’s more likely to happen often and you can control your dreaming. The most common age for someone to lucid dream is mostly around 6 to 18 year olds. People that lucid dream usually tend to play video games which causes them to control their dreams. For example if a lucid dreamer is dreaming they can imagine a door and open it in their dream. People that frequently lucid dream are successful at solving insight problems.
In the article “Sleep and Parasomnias” written by Carlos H. Schenck, MD, talks about parasomnia , it’s an abnormal thing that happens to people while they sleep, its like a disorder. Parasomnia is connected to an eating disorder, sleepwalking, nightmares, sleep paralysis, rem sleep behavior disorder and sleep aggression. Parasomnias usually occur when a person is falling asleep or at anytime in the sleep cycle. People that have parasomnia usually get it because it often runs in their family. About 10 percent of Americans are affected by parasomnia. It usually occurs to people of all ages but it commonly runs in children.
- Bourke, P., & Shaw, H. (2014). Spontaneous lucid dreaming frequency and waking insight. Dreaming, 24(2), 152-159. doi:10.1037/a0036908
- Sleep and Parasomnias. (n.d.). Retrieved February 16, 2015, from http://sleepfoundation.org/ask-the-expert/sleep-and-parasomnias