Common Dream Meanings
Dreams aren’t just the mind wandering during the night; dreams and dream meanings also a key part of our mental processes. “We dream so that we can organize our thoughts, feelings and memories in a space where no one will bother us,” says Mark Hagen, a clinical psychotherapist and director of the International Institute for Dream Research based in Hamilton, ON.
Dreaming occurs during the stage of sleep known as rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, but researchers have recently found that the brain is actively working on sensitizing and desensitizing memories and improving working memory during the entire sleep cycle. “Like a computer, the brain updates itself,” says Hagen. “Whatever you experienced during the day is being ‘downloaded’ into your long-term memory during the night.”
The dreams that result from this midnight brain activity can seem mysterious. But with a few clues about their possible meanings, dream meanings can provide valuable insight on our deepest thoughts and feelings.