Is Dreams A True Scientific Field? Essay

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Since the beginning of time humans have been intrigued by what happens in their brains at night; especially dreams. We can see that all the way from Ancient history to Medieval to Classical and now in modern history, humans’ views on Dreams and Sleep have played huge roles. According to Gackenbach and Sheikh (1991) in some cultures, like Ancient Egypt, people with “vivid and significant” dreams were considered blessed. A philosophical question that may never be answered is that of the meaning of dreams. Throughout history man has pondered the meaning of dreams. Philosophers often bounce to Hippocrates and Aristotle for the philosophy behind these questions, however even before Hippocrates, Ancient Indians believed that dreams meant two things. The first was inner desires, in that each dream you had reflected your deepest wishes. The second is that dreams are when souls leave the body and are being guided through dreams until woken up. William C. Dement, once said “I believe that the study of sleep became a true scientific field in 1953.” He said that because of his ingenious findings. Dement conducted an experiment on REM Deprivation. He deprived 8 subjects of REM sleep for 7 days and, the study showed that as time went on the subjects went into REM rebound, which is when the body enters into REM sleep more frequently because of a lack of REM sleep. REM rebound shows the importance of REM sleep to the body. Literature Review The rhythm of sleep cycles is called the
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