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This article was about what happens when we dream.

We dream for 2 hours every night. That is six years over the course of our life! Ancient Egyptians believed dreams were messages from the gods, sent to people that the gods chose as they slept. In Ancient China, dreams were believed to be journeys taken by souls that could leave someone’s body while they were sleep. Dreaming mostly takes place when we’re in the deepest stages of sleep and our brain activity increases. This is called the “Rapid Eye Movement Phase”, this stage makes our brain activity increases and can also mimic being awake. When we dream about faces, the part of our brain that involves in facial recognition lights up. Evidence suggests dreaming is also an important part of how we remember and form memories and could slowly improve our ability to problem-solve when we’re are awake.

I now understand that dreaming mostly takes part when we are in the deepest parts of our sleep. I also understand that the ancient Chinese and the Egyptians had different beliefs on what happens when you dream.

How are we going to work out how dreams come to us?

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