Essay by PaperNerd ContributorCollege, Undergraduate September 2001

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Dreams As an important part of our human culture, we weave dreams into many aspects of our lives. Sciences including psychology, counseling, and even our judicial system and some religious and Native American practices place emphasis on dreams and dream interpretations, controlling dreams, medicating due to dreaming, and modifying behavior due to dreams. For example, in our everyday activities we use dreams to describe our wishful thinking, musical lyrics, advertisements, talk shows, and other images. We have DayDream Believer, California Dreamin', daydream, Dream Weaver, dream date, Dream Scapes, "Dream a Little Dream", and the famous "I have a dream"¦" to name a few more of the popular uses of the word dream. My project is a study of dreams. Our group read and studied about dreams, and we made a survey about dreams: a sample of the survey is included. The other three members of my group will present the results of the survey.

Did you know that people dream many times during the night. Some people will wake up in the middle of their dreams while other will not remember a thing about them when they wake up in the morning. I am the type of person who wakes up and will not remember a single part of my dream or even if I had a dream.

A dream is defined in our book as: "A story-like episode of unfolding mental imagery during sleep." I am going to be talking about dreams and how and when they occur. Scientific studies show that people sleep in 90-minute cycles. The first 50-70 minutes are spent in NREM (non-rapid-eye-movement) sleep. . During this time a person isn't dreaming but formulating the dream. Then the person goes into REM sleep for 5-15 minutes.

As I said earlier NREM sleep lasts for 50-70 minutes.