The link between Sleep and Dreams

Use dreaming as a tool for complete health. Did you know that when you sleep and dream there is a considerable amount of activity going on?


Did you know that when you sleep there is a considerable amount of activity going on the whole time? Physical movement of your body takes place many times throughout you sleeping night, (on average you move every fifteen minutes) this movement takes place at random times. This movement is not a restless tossing and turning, but a recognizable almost deliberate turning it is a movement of the limbs.

Once you find a comfortable position, your physical body and muscles start to relax. This stage is when your physical muscles seem to involuntarily let go and this is known as the myoclonic jerk, this can be quite frightening, and cause you to wake from your sleep (it can be a feeling of falling). When this happens the whole, process of relaxation has to start over again. Because of this, it is a good idea to be physically relaxed before you go to sleep.

It has been suggested that dreams are caused by certain physical stimuli what happens in the sleep environment. Opinions however, do vary as to whether eating effects your level of dreaming this can be because of certain foods or certain drinks and other physiological effects. Therefore, it is for you to experiment and find out whether particular foods and drinks cause you to have different dreams.

There was a paper written about a lady that what to dream in color to do this she would eat a particular confectionery bar in order to do so. Therefore, digestion does seem to have some part to play, but it is more from the point of view of physical relaxation, and the effects that the digestion has on your solar plexus.

However, what is true is that if your sleep is disturb from a physical level, and because of this pattern of dreaming is upset there is a profound effect on your health and temper. Any type of physical relaxation does enable you to get the best out of sleep

One way in which a greater understanding has been gained from the link between sleep and dreams is the work done in sleep laboratories. In 1937, an electroencephalograph was discovered this electroencephalograph works by tiny electromagnetic surges. When attached to the brain it was found to change the brain waves as sleep occurred.

Then in 1953 two people called Aserinsky and Kleitman identified stages in sleep, which rapid eye movement occurred, this is better known as REM. REM was a type of scanning activity allowing patterns to be identified in the brain during sleep.

They also identified a kind of progression, which showed that in the waking state the brain waves is low, but the frequency is fast. As you relax your brain produces Alpha waves, which is in stage one of the sleep process, stage two is when you sink into the Theta waves, in this stage of you sleep you start to experience random images and thoughts.