Science of Dreams
Some Scientific Observations Concerning Dreams
Sleep laboratories have proven that everyone
dreams one to two hours each night during a
certain period of sleep known as alpha level,
which is light sleep. Every 90-minute cycle of
sleep begins with alpha, then goes into deeper
sleep which is called theta, and finally deepest
sleep which is called delta.
At the close of the first 90-minute cycle each night,
the individual returns to alpha level sleep, where he
has a short, five-minute dream period. The next time
he cycles up to alpha, he has a ten-minute dream
period. The third time in alpha, the dream period is
about 15 minutes, and so on. If one sleeps a full
eight hours, the entire last hour is essentially spent
in alpha level sleep. Thus, the average person sleeping
for eight hours a night will dream about one to
two hours of that time.
Alpha level sleep is where one has what is called
Rapid Eye Movement (REM). Rapid Eye Movement
is exactly what it sounds like: the eyes of the dreamer
begin moving rapidly. He is actually watching the
scenes in the dream, and thus his eyes are literally
moving back and forth, observing the action. By
observing the alpha level sleep when Rapid Eye
Movement occurs, researchers in sleep laboratories
have determined when a person is dreaming and how
much time is spent dreaming in an average night.
They have discovered that if they awaken a person
every time REM begins, preventing him from dreaming,
after about three nights the individual will
begin to show signs of having a nervous breakdown.
Clearly dreams are an inner release mechanism
which helps provide us with emotional balance and
maintain our sanity. Dreams can be considered
guardians of our mental and emotional well-being.
Taken from Principles of Dream Interpretation by Mark and Patti Virkler CWGMinistries.org
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