When i was younger i remember always hearing phrases along the lines of, "pinch me, because i must be dreaming." Little did i know i would actually find myself pinching myself in dreams to remind myself I am only dreaming. Going back to the first installment i mentioned how in my dreams i do not feel physical pain, but i feel every emotion as if it were heighten. I can wake up crying, scared, or even angry, but i never feel the pain from falling off a building. Why do we correlate the sense of pain being real life, but feeling no pain unreal? I believe dreams can be a mere image of our lives, our most hidden inner thoughts being expressed into images in our brains. Similar to what Plato and Aristotle hypothesized, which was the idea that dreams let people act out "unconscious desires"in a safe unreal setting in their brain. Descartes was always troubled by the thought of dreaming because he felt his question did not have an answer. How do we know were not always dreaming? Studies show that the brain is awake and is most active during the time we sleep, so how do we know if dreams aren't apart of another real life. How can we possibly sleep when our brain is wide awake? Do we ever sleep, or is it the day when we die our brain actually sleeps, and is out to rest.
Sleep Foundation Article