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The History of Dreams


Madeline LaSota

on 8 January 2013

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By: Maddie LaSota The History of Dreams Have you ever wondered where dreams come from?

Do they mean anything? Predict the future? Warnings? Realizations? Is there a solid, definitive picture in your mind when you think "dream"? There are multiple interpretations. Earliest Dream? * Dreams have been a documented, mysterious wonder in the human mind since as far back as 4000 BC.
* The early humans would write down their dreams on stone, wood, clay, or anything attempting to find a pattern to better understand what they meant. Most dreams in earlier time periods were thought of
as messages from God or other spiritual figures. EGYPT Dreaming in Egypt became a huge curiosity and wonder leading to documentations and dream interpretation documents. INTERPRETATION * Babboon- Need to be more expressive with feelings

* Kayak- You are emotionally balanced

* Oatmeal- You are well-grounded

* Rain- Forgiveness and grace

* Salsa- You need more variety in your life People started finding symbolic meanings and interpretations of dreams as early as 3000-4000 BC. What dreams ACTUALLY are: Even today, we do not have a full, scientific explanation for why we dream. The Best Explanation?... *Well, one thing we do know, most dreams occur in a stage of sleep that we call REM (Rapid eye movement).

*REM is the stage of sleep where we are lightly asleep. We can easily be waken up in this time.

*About 20% of our sleep is spent in this stage. When in REM, all of the body's muscles become paralyzed and the neurons in our brain become increasingly active leading to our dreams. Have you ever wondered if you could control your dreams? YOU CAN! It's called.. LUCID DREAMING Lucid dreaming is when you realize you are dreaming WITHIN the dream. You can actually practice being able to recognize your dreams when you are conscious so that when you are sleeping, you can tell what is real. SOME WAYS YOU CAN TELL YOU ARE DREAMING? *Unnatural things are happening against the laws of physics
*The time on a clock is different every time you look at it
*You cant remember how you got to where you are. Fun Info...
When you are awake during the day, keep falling against a wall and bumping into it. Also look at clocks and time A LOT. And ask yourself "How did I get here?".
THEN When you are dreaming, you will do those things out of habit. In a dream, when you fall against the wall, you will just go right through the wall. When you look at the time, it changes drastically within 2 seconds. When you ask yourself how you got to this certain place, you cant remember! That's how you know you are in a dream. That's how you "learn".. Once you know how, you can do whatever you want in your dreams! So what's the history of it? The first recorded data of controlling dreams has been traced back to as early as 500 AD and has been discovered in letters, documents, and books. Frederick Van Eeden had been credited with the creation of the term "lucid dreaming" in the 1900s. 4000 BC 1000 BC 0 200AD 1000AD 2000AD 3000-4000BC
Dreams were documented by Ancient Egyptians and other civilizations ~500 BC
Spreading curiosity of dreams. More documentations/"books" 800BC
Greeks spark a
huge interest. 500 BC
Heraclitus said that maybe dreams are just
created in our own minds rather than they
are sent from spirits and gods. 13-19th century
Extreme curiosity around the world begin to be experimented with and philosophies and theories grow. 0-200AD
Dreams are linked more to religious aspects such as messages from God and angels. Conclusion

The definition of dreams has changed over the years from messages from gods to rapid eye movement in the stages of your sleep. Dreams have been categorized into symbolic meanings and have been studied over the years and called nightmares, night terrors, lucid dreaming, etc. Although we know all of this, it may be years before we figure out the true cause of dreaming. Works Cited http://library.thinkquest.org/11189/nfhistory.htm













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