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Lifestyle February 2014

Dreaming is hard to control, and it’s a good thing

Nick Rivera STAFF WRITER

Each night, after hours of doing homework, each of us crawl into bed. Exhausted and happy to go to sleep, most of us can’t even stay up for a few minutes before we pass out. Hours later, we wake up and blindly prepare for another school day. What we don’t ever think about is what happens in those few hours where we are asleep. Humans have an average of two hours of dreams a night. Most of the time, however, we can only remember one or two, if any (ninds.nih.gov). The best part about

dreams is that they can be anything you desire. From flying above the skyline in New York City to talking to your dog, there is nothing that can’t be done. The only problem is that we can’t control our dreams. Or can we? Lucid dreaming can be defined as a sense of awareness that you are dreaming and although it usually only happens once in a blue moon, everyone naturally experiences lucid dreaming (lucidity.com). But what many people don’t know is that it is possible for anyone to learn how to lucid dream. “Dreams represent another part of our life

that we can’t live physically. I definitely think that they are influenced by the things that we think of, see, and hear through our daily lives. Dreams are a part of our spiritual world and I do believe that dreams can show what may come in the future. It helps you think more abstractly through life and also helps you reflect on events that happen throughout your life and how they affect you mentally, emotionally, and physically,” says junior Gabrielle Hoffman. For us to learn about dreams, we have to fully understand how sleep work. Sleep occurs in different stages. The two main

stages are NREM (No Rapid Eye Movement) and REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep. The stages occur in cycles that repeat throughout the night. NREM sleep is split into sub stages The N1 stage consists of a light sleep where muscle activity slows down. In stage N2 our eyes stop moving. And in Stages N3 and N4 we enter a deep sleep, often making it difficult to wake us (webmd.com). The final stage is REM sleep. See Dreaming, Page 15

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