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Dreams And Nightmares: Where Do They Come From?

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The US National Library of Medicine defines a nightmare as, “a bad dream that brings out strong feelings of fear, terror, distress, or anxiety.” A dream, then, is a series of thoughts or images that happen during the rapid-eye movement (REM) stage of sleep. Research has shown that the biggest amount of common adult dreams are in a category known as “pseudonightmarish” dreams, which is essentially any dream of being in trouble or in danger, being alone and/or trapped, something you don’t have control over (like losing your teeth), or facing natural forces.
Dr. Ishaad Ebrahim is an MD, MRCPsych, and Neuropsychiatric Specialist in Sleep Disorders at the Constanta Sleep Centre. An MD is any ...view middle of the document...

Typically, nightmares don’t stop, although as you age, they become less and less. At age thirteen, boys and girls have an unquestionable difference in the percent of prevalence of nightmares. The boys are at 25% where the girls at 40%. At age sixteen, the boys move down to 20%, whereas the girls still remain at 40%.
Where Do Dreams Come From in Your Brain?
Recently, a team of French researchers did an experiment to discover what part of your brain your dreams come from. Their hypothesis was that it started from the brainstem; this is the part of the brain that connects to the top of your spinal cord. It has been proven to play a role in regulating sleep. The French researchers believed that dreaming was a “bottom-up” process, where it started at the bottom of the neck and went to the top of the brain. They did a study focusing on thirteen people with a disability known as auto-activation deficit. They used thirteen “control subjects” as well to give you something to compare the results to. Basically, they made each person keep a dream diary for a set amount of time, and then analyzed the responses they received based on “length, complexity, and bizarreness.” Only four out of the thirteen auto-activation deficit patients reported dreaming at all, throughout the entire time period, and the four that did, had dreams of normal, everyday activities such as shaving or brushing your hair. With this data, they have determined that it must be a process that starts from the top of the brain and works its way down. That basically means that it’s a reflex, not so much something that we cause our brain to do. However, you do need to have some sort of “higher-order processing” in...

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