Fantasy Castle by RL Fantasy Design Studio is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

“Fantasy Castle” by RL Fantasy Design Studio is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

By: Jackson Steider, Reporter

Dreams and be fascinating, scary, and downright weird. Everybody dreams even if we wake up and can’t remember a single thing from our last night. But why does our brain have a fantasy or hallucination while we sleep? Dreams or pretty much stories or fantasies that our mind creates while we sleep. They can be very vivid and you could remember it the next morning or they could make you wake up feeling happy, scared, mad, sad, and much more. There are many types of dreams, one of which is called lucid dreams. Lucid dreams are when you know your dreaming which scientists believe that this happens when parts of your brain that are normally dormant while you sleep are active. If you can remember a time in your dream where you were thinking of what to say next or were waiting for an answer that you never got, that was probably a lucid dream.

Nightmares or bad dreams happen to people of all ages. Now they might not be very similar but they still frighten everybody. When you’re a child a nightmare might be about a monster or a spider if you’re afraid of spiders. The nightmares adults have might have something to do with not paying their taxes or getting fired but they could still have nightmares about monsters. Some things that may cause nightmares include stress, trauma, medication, illnesses, and much more. If you have the same bad dream over and over again you might need to listen to it and maybe go get help from a psychiatrist or a doctor that focuses on mental health and brain activity. When you have a dream, you might want to write it down in a dream journal. Writing down dreams is one way to help cope with bad dreams and stress, you can even rewrite them and make them less scary and instead of being eating by a snake you could fight the snake and win.

In the summer of 2020 dream researchers, Daniel Oldis and his dream team developed a technology to record dreams and make a dream movie. They used an MRI machine to record the images, speech, and movement of the whole dreams of a couple of sleeping test subjects. It is a very slow and hard process and could take 10 to 20 years to actually make a “dream movie.” Soon people might actually be able to relive a dream and this will be very helpful to dream psychiatrists because it will better help them understand what someone might be going through.