"DREAMS ARE ROYAL ROAD TO UNCONSCIOUSNESS"
Dreams are series of ideas, emotions, images and multiple sensations that occur usually involuntarily in the mind during certain stages of sleep.
Dreams are visual and other sensory experiences during the sleep usually in REM sleep. REM stands for RAPID EYE MOVEMENT SLEEP. THROUGH OUT THE SLEEP CYCLE.
Sleep Stages alternates between RAPID EYE MOVEMENT and NON RAPID EYE MOVEMENT sleep.
NON RAPID EYE MOVEMENT STAGE IS USUALLY
DREAM FREE SLEEP STAGE.
STAGES OF SLEEP ARE
AND STAGE IV
STAGE III AND IV ARE DEEP SLEEP STAGES
Effect of Dreams on the psychological and physical health:
Dreams are usually many types but mainly we describe them normal or non-scary dreams and Scary dreams ( also called nightmares)
Nightmares are usually a result of internal conflict in the mind and represent unconscious conflicts in the mind. ( Without conscious awareness)
They can result after severe trauma as we see frequently in PTSD ( Post Traumatic stress Disorder). Nightmares rather fuel the anxiety and they do not relieve anxiety by any means.
One of the most commonly seen sign of improvement during PTSD treatment is improvement in nightmares in addition to improvement in other PTSD symptoms.
On the other hand happy dreams are may be a part of wish full thinking process and things, which cannot be achieved, in ordinary life circumstances is experienced through dreaming and to some extent it satisfy the inner urge.
Symbolic dream pattern and there meaning had been described differently in different cultures and religious groups. This symbolic representation is also associated and influenced by cultural values, somewhat historically related events in a particular geographic areas and norms and experiences of the social groups.
Dream interpretation is a vast subject and its meaning is usually drawn from the knowledge and experiences of the particular age group and country of born and brought up and religious belief system and level of education and exposure.
Word of caution:
Nonetheless, it is a very complex phenomenon and even very carefully drawn meaning may not be true 100%.