Dream On!

Why do we have dreams? Why can't we remember them either?

Understanding why you have dreams  can help you with remembering your dreams. (Photo Courtesy of Depositphotos)

Understanding why you have dreams can help you with remembering your dreams. (Photo Courtesy of Depositphotos)

Adalie Landa, Staff Writer

Every night when you go to bed, you close your eyes and fall asleep. Having a dream is like being in a whole other universe. Sometimes dreams can be forgotten, and other times they are remembered pretty clearly in the morning. But why do we dream? Is there a specific reason why we dream the way we do? Dreams, in some peoples’ opinions, appear to be hallucinations where the brain remains conscious while the person is asleep. According to James Roland on healthline, dreams can act like therapists where the brain acknowledges “connections regarding your feelings that your conscious self wouldn’t make”. James also mentions how dreams can portray your creativity without having to use your sense of logic within this creativity. Your creativity flows and can elaborate more on specific features of the dream such as color, texture, or even the storyline of the dream. But remembering these dreams is tricky. Roland explains how “brain chemical associated with memory — norepinephrine — and the brain’s electrical activity that helps with recall are at their lowest levels when you’re dreaming”. This is why it is common for people not to remember their dreams. One technique he shares is to say to yourself before you fall asleep that you wish to remember your dream and the brain will subconsciously think of that, since this was the last thought before you fell asleep. Overall, there are multiple reasons why and how we dream the way we do.