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How often do we dream, and when? Most people over the age of 10 dream at least 4 to 6 times per night during a stage of sleep called REM... REM periods vary in length from 5 to 10 minutes for the first REM period of the night to as long as 30-34 minutes later in the night. It thus seems likely that dreams can be a half hour or more in length.
There is also evidence that we can dream in non-REM sleep in the hour or two before waking up, when the brain has become more activated than it was earlier in the night. That's why we said that we dream "at least" 4 to 6 times per night.
It seems likely that all of us forget 95-99% of our dreams for the very ordinary reason that we sleep right through them and aren't paying attention to remembering anything. One dream researcher suggests that it's similar to when you are doing something that doesn't take much concentration, such as driving on an open road, so you are not paying attention to what you are doing.
Originally posted by davespanners
reply to post by OneisOne
Sorry to hear about you ill health at the moment, Nightmares pointing to health problems is certainly something to think about.
Medication can definitely have all sorts of effects on your dreams, I remember being prescribed dihydrocodine tables once and they gave me the most wonderful dreams where I was on a kind of alien beach and I could literally feel the sand under my feet and the sun on my face and the whole thing felt so real that when I woke up I couldn't believe it hadn't happened
I had another quite extreme nightmare last night after posting on this thread I was shaving and then I started to shave my own face off and didn't stop until my face was gone
Originally posted by OneisOne
I truly believe that some of our dream states are tied into what is going on inside our bodies, something like an early warning system.