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  • Ishaan Mahale

Mysteries of the Brain: What Takes Place During Dreams?

Have you ever been stunned by how vivid a dream has been when you wake up from it? Dreams can transport us to weird and exotic places and events that are beyond our comprehension. However, what precisely takes place in our brains when dreaming? For ages, scientists have been perplexed by this mysterious subject, which has sparked an intriguing investigation into the depths of our psyche.

The brain does not just stop working when we go to sleep. Rather, it moves through several sleep stages, such as REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep, which is the state of sleep during which dreams are most vivid. Our REM sleep is characterized by rapid eye movements, an elevated heart rate, and enhanced brain activity, much like wakefulness.

According to a widely accepted hypothesis, dreaming arises from our brain's attempt to make sense of seemingly random neuronal activity. Think of your brain as a sophisticated symphony, where various parts are constantly releasing impulses that create a cacophony. The frontal lobes, which are in charge of reason and logic, are less active during REM sleep. This gives the hippocampus, which is involved in memory and emotions, and the limbic system, which is the brain's emotional center, a chance to shine.

Consequently, our dreams may consist of a jumble of recollections, feelings, anxieties, wants, and random ideas. Have you ever had dreams about falling, flying, or pursuing someone? These recurring dream themes may be a reflection of our irrational fears or desires. Dreams can help us understand our emotions and cope with our emotions.

Not all dreams, though, are frantic situations. They are also very perceptive and imaginative at times. Dreams have inspired some of the greatest innovations and artistic creations in history. Famous scientist Niels Bohr reportedly used a dream about a whirling solar system to create the structure of the atom.

Dreams might also aid in memory consolidation and learning. Research has indicated that daydreaming about an assignment you are studying can enhance your performance. It seems that while we sleep, our brain practices and perfects new abilities.

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