• Question: What are dreams?

    Asked by olive122 to clairemarieroberts, Adam, Faye, Martin, Samantha on 23 Apr 2012. This question was also asked by ellieelephant.
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      clairemarieroberts answered on 23 Apr 2012:

      Dreams are involuntary images, emotions or ideas that occur during sleep. There is a great deal of speculation about what dreams are and why we have them.

      One theory is that dreams are like the cleaning-up operations of computers when they are off-line. Removing “junk” from the mind during sleep.

      However, the opposite view that dreaming has an information handling, memory-combining function is also common. Dreams are a result of the spontaneous firings of brain cells while the brain is combining memories while sleeping.

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      Adam Bibbey answered on 23 May 2012:

      Hi ellieelephant,

      As clairemarieroberts said, we are still unsure why we have dreams and what they are.

      Generally you will find that your dreams are related to things that you have been thinking about during the day.

      I think dreams are very interesting though, what do you think?