We Forget Our Dreams Because…
“Follow your dreams”
Me: uhmm… I forgot them…
Lol just kidding.
Me trying to remember anything after I get up from the bed is like trying to catch smoke. Fruitless. I end up with bits and pieces & as the day goes on, it disappears completely.
I used to think I was the only one who forgot my dreams 3 seconds after waking up, turns out I’m not that special (Read more on that here) & we are many inside the boat.
Which is why I decided to do my own research…
…and here are my findings, in case you too have been wondering;
Human beings are wired to remember things that only grab their attention and forget ones that don’t. Same with dreams.
First of all, dreams occur in a stage called REM (Rapid Eye Movement). In this stage, the eyes are the only part of the body that move around while the rest of the body stays paralyzed. Scary but effective because if this isn’t so, we’ll have no control over our bodies while sleeping & we might hurt ourselves.
Our forgetfulness is generally attributed to neurochemical conditions in the brain that occur during REM sleep and I could keep going on & on spewing scientific terms about what goes on in someone’s head while they sleep that makes them forget but the truth is that…
…NOBODY KNOWS. Yup. Why some of us forget our dreams seconds after waking up is a mystery. No substantial evidence.
The only thing scientists have are hypothesis and theories but no real fact.
Maybe we are special after all.
Although some dreams vanish, certain ones tend to remain. The wild or beautiful or bizarre ones. Hence, the more impressive a dream is, the more one is likely to remember.
That’s not the case for me though, whether bizarre or great, the only way it’s possible for me to remember anything is when I write it down immediately I wake up. Can’t even remember what I dreamt about today, but I know it was sweet.