Health Tips - Dreams
Dreams are a succession of images passing through the mind during sleep. A nightmare is a “bad dream” that brings fear or anxiety. The most common emotion experienced in dreams is anxiety. Content can include joy or sexual interest, but negative feelings are the most common.
There is no scientific definition of dreaming. However, observation has shown that dreams are associated with Rapid Eye Movement. REM is the sleepers’ eyes fluttering beneath their closed eyelids during certain periods of sleep.
People spend an average of about two hours dreaming each night. Most dreams last only 5 to 20 minutes. At least 95% of all dreams are not remembered. Unless a dream is unusually vivid and one wakes during or immediately after it, the dream will not be remembered.
The content and purpose of dreams have been a subject of speculation throughout history. Most dreams are, however, realistic pictures of the dreamer’s fears and desires. They consist of shuffled images from the “reactive mind”. (See the health tip that explains more about the reactive mind.) The mental image slide projector goes a little wild during sleep.
Having bad dreams or nightmares is actually a symptom of vitamin B-1 (thiamine) and sometimes vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine) deficiencies. The crazier or more upsetting the dreams, the greater the deficiencies. Shortages of vitamin B-1 particularly occur during detoxification, weight loss, or during alcohol or drug usage of any type, including pain-killers, antibiotics, etc.
There is no cause for concern about the meaning of dreams! Dreams are not predictive nor do they indicate what you should do with your life.
Take 2 Core Thiamine, a balanced vitamin B-1, before bed to reduce or avoid bad dreams. If you wake up in the middle of the night having had a bad dream, take 2 or 3 Core Thiamine at that time. See my article on the importance of balanced supplements.
Dreams do not decide anything about your life; you do!
May 9, 2011