You hold on tight as you fly through the air. The wind blows your hair off your face, as the giant bird on which you ride dips and turns. The giant bird makes a dive for the ground. The Earth gets closer and closer. At the very last second the bird swoops up as your feet barely hit the ground, and then takes off again. This is an awesome trip!
The next day you smile as you think of your adventure the night before. You close your eyes and remember how tiny the world looked as you and the giant bird swished over the earth. It felt so real. Like riding in an airplane, only better!
But it wasn’t real. It was a dream. (sleepforkids.org, 2014)
We don’t always remember our dreams but we know that dreaming is part of the sleep cycle. Scientist are unsure why we dream or what we dream about. They do believe that it’s our brains effort to help us deal with our worries and how we feel. Our mind begins to paint an image of those emotions during our sleep and that makes us remember our dreams when we wake.
Another important detail is that dreams happen INVOLUNTARILY. This means that we have little to no control over how we dream or what we dream about. Depending on the emotional dream, this can make us feel uncomfortable and even afraid to fall asleep again.
LEARN MORE: WHY DO WE DREAM?
LEARN MORE: WHY DO I HAVE NIGHTMARES?
Think back on those nightly dreams. What is the most realistic, vivid, or weirdest dream you’ve ever remembered?
(Katie, thank you for the idea to this prompt!)
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