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Why do we wake up when we die in our dreams?

When you dream you're in REM sleep (rapid eye movement). REM sleep is only slightly more "deep" than stage 1 of non-REM which means it's not that hard to wake you up in the first place. Dying in a ...
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What is the cause of frequent nightmares?

Nightmares can be defined as (Pagel, 2000): ...vivid and terrifying nocturnal episodes in which the dreamer is abruptly awakened from sleep. Typically, the dreamer wakes from REM sleep and is able ...
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How can someone asleep recognize a very brief sound?

Short answer The auditory system remains active during sleep. Background Filtering of sensory input during sleep is a recognized phenomenon and indeed the senses are typically lulled during sleep. ...
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Death from sleep deprivation, what physical mechanism is failing that makes one not to be alive anymore?

As far as I know REM is just brain running a simulation During sleep hormones and neurotransmitters shift in their quantities available along the phases of sleep: slow wave sleep, intermediate ...
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Do neurons fire at a faster rate during dreaming?

In REM sleep, the EEG is remarkably similar to that of the awake state (Purves et al., 2001). Although the EEG represents the synchronized activity of many neurons in the cortex, it does give us a ...
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Can an external stimulus change the way your dream ends?

I don't know any scientific evidence of it, but I personally have experienced it many times. I have come to think that it is due to the decreasing depth of sleep. You may know that sleep progresses ...
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When are dreams created?

The origins of dreams have been studied by many different people and your approach to understanding the origins depends on your approach, however, dreams seem to originate within the unconscious part ...
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Can dreams predict the future?

Short answer Dreams cannot predict the future. Background Likely you are referring to Deja reve ('already dreamed'), which has been hypothesized to be (Schredi et al., 2017): ...the distinct ...
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Can we interconnect with other people mentally during dreaming?

Short answer Telepathy is pseudoscience. Background I think you are referring to the phenomenon of telepathy, which can be defined as [T]he purported transmission of information from one person ...
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Does the use of cannabis affect the ability to recall dreams?

Current research tells us that yes, cannabis will affect the ability to recall dreams. As for the negative - positive outcomes, it seems to be subjective. One of the few researchers in this field, ...
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My Mind Shows Me My Future

It's a phenomenon called déjà rêvé, the French for "already dreamed": If you've ever felt like you predicted something in a dream, you might have felt it wise to keep that feeling to ...
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Taking Control of Your Dream

The term for this phenomenon is "lucid dreaming". It is common to have some lucid dreaming experiences, but different people have different occurrence rates of lucid vs non-lucid dreams, and the level ...
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Does dreaming cuts our sleeping hours?

One small study (2015) in otherwise healty subjects, found no correlation between nightmares and the quality of sleep measured using widely used objective methods, or more precisely sleep measures ...
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Can time be slowed in a lucid dream?

I'd say yes, in german literature there are some reportings of athelets "training" in slow motion while they are lucid dreaming. I'll try to recap those reportings in english. Paul Tholey &...
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Why didn't I wake up after dying in a dream?

We still don't know much about dreams, and researching them is, at the most, a volatile kind of attempt to do science. It would be interesting what the statistics in the papers you read were based on, ...
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Activation of brain reasoning areas during dreaming

I cannot answer from fMRI's, but this theory conflicts with other anecdotal evidence from medicine. In sensory deprivation, or under psychotomimetic substances, you can be awake and unimpaired ...
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Why do we talk unconsciously while sleeping

Brief periods of sleep-talking (somniloquy), mostly gibberish, are quite common, particularly in children. It is not typically useful to call something a "disorder" unless it is causing a problem. ...
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Do highly creative people dream more and/or differently than ordinary people?

There are some studies that seem to support your suggestion e.g.: Dream reports and creative tendencies in students of the arts, sciences, and engineering (paywalled, so I'm quoting the abstract): ...
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Does data support Domhoff's neurocognitive theory of dreams?

The question body emphasizes the question whether Domhoff's neurocognitive theory of dreams is reliable. Reliability is the "consistency" or repeatability of research measures. So, a theory cannot ...
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Why are dream so fast?

Sleeping is a usual, necessary process for memorization and brain rest. It is commonly known that there are two phases of sleeping: rapid eye movement sleep (REM) with high brain activity and non-...
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Can lucid dreaming detract from the recuperative effect of REM sleep?

Lucid dreaming is a half-way state between normal REM sleep and wakefulness. Lucid dreaming probably has less of a recuperative effect than normal REM sleep. On the other hand, there is usually less ...
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Do neurons fire at a faster rate during dreaming?

Is this because neurons fire collectively at a faster rate, so you can "put an hour of dream time in a minute of objective time"? I believe it has more to do with what information becomes available ...
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The relationship on deja vu, dream and retrocausality?

Short answer Déjà vu and dreaming are closely related to memory and memory formation. However, they have nothing to do with future events. The brain cannot recall what it never has processed in the ...
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In psychiatry, what does double-bookkeeping mean?

Within Psychiatry and psychology, Double Bookkeeping, also known as Double Entry Bookkeeping is not quite the same as double entry bookkeeping within accountancy. Within Psychiatry and Psychology, it ...
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Will some people ever be able to make our dreams visible on a screen?

As @AaronWeinberg stated in the comments, just like many other technologies within Science Fiction, the Science Fiction of viewing dreams on screen has started to become Science Fact. Rebecca Morelle,...
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Can meditation be associated to lucid dream?

Stumbrys, Erlacher, & Malinowski (2015) found a positive correlation between mindfulness during wakeful states and lucid dreaming during sleep. However, there is no explanation about how the ...
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Why children dreams aren't distorted?

In response to comments by @BryanKrause in my answer in meta, backed up with many citations, I pointed out that Freud did take a scientific approach, and his resulting work was not guesswork. It's ...
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Is there time in dreams?

The simple answer to this question is "no". Dream state accesses state of consciousness where past/present/future are melted, which is why dreamer might be re-living experiences from the past, ...
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Sleep is God, Go Worship! How?

Recommended amounts of sleep Before I answer your main question, I would like to point out that your asseration that we need 6-8 hours of sleep each night is not quite accurate from what I have read. ...
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Do we have a sub- or super-unconscious?

Sleep and dreaming is somewhat of a specialty of mind, so I can comment on the wake-sleep-wake transition. People typically love the feeling of relaxation and warmth associated with sleep. Waking up ...
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