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Sleep: A Dream Come True

January 11, 2012
Irvington High School



By Kheila Lonon

What are dreams? Why do we dream? How do we dream? These are all questions that have passed though people’s  minds at one point of time or another.

There are actually five different types of dreams  we can experience during sleep: Ordinary dreams; lucid dreams; telepathic dreams; premonitory dreams, and nightmares.

Ordinary dreams are the most common, while premonitory dreams are thought to predict the future. Telepathic dreams are known for when you dream of the dead. Nightmares, as you all may know, are fears that your conscious (awake) mind does not want to go through.

Lucid dreaming is a very complex and unique state of mind. When you lucid dream, you are awake in your mind.  While your body lies dormant, your mind is fully active, giving you full control of the dreams you are having.

In lucid dreaming, you can sometimes actually determine what you dream. Practicing to reach this lucidity can help one learn how to remember their dreams more vividly and give them greater control of their consciousness.

In order to have lucid dreams, a key factor is to be able to remember what you have dreamt. After all, what’s the point of controlling your dreams if you can not remember it.

Wanda Duchard, a sophomore at Irvington High, says that she can remember her dreams vividly. Meanwhile, Dalvin Josias Sejour, also a sophomore, says, “I do not remember anything.  I don’t believe that I dream at all.”

Not true! Everybody dreams. Due to REM (Rapid Eye Movement) in our sleep, we are able to remember our dreams more clearly. The less REM sleep you have though, the less likely you will remember your dreams when you wake up.

Have you every experienced sleep paralysis?  Yes, it's exactly how it sounds. Sleep paralysis literally means to be paralyzed while you sleep. When you experience this frightening quirk in our sleeping habits, you are fully awake in your mind but can not control your body.

Madginie Previlon, an IHS sophomore, knows what sleep paralysis is all about.  “I have experienced sleep paralysis often,” said Madginie. “ I have also had lucid dreams and dreams where I float over the people in my home.”

Have a good night’s sleep!


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