What Are Dreams And What Do They Mean?

REM dreams, called “hallucinations of the sleeping mind”, are vivid, emotional and bizarre. They are unlike daydreams, which tend to involve familiar details of our lives – perhaps imagining an alternative approach to something we have to do, or picturing ourselves explaining to an instructor why paper will be late, or replaying in our minds personal encounters that we relish or regret. The dreams of REM sleep are so vivid we may confuse them with reality.

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