According to the National Institute of Health, we dream on average 2 hours or more each night, and these dreams occur almost exclusively during REM sleep. This cycle of sleep is characterized by rapid eye movement, hence the name, and accounts for about 25% of your overall sleep cycle.
There’s no clear answer as to why we dream, but scientists have a few theories.
-A way to consolidate learning for memory storage
-A reflection of our life while awake
-An effort to find balance with the complicated emotional and psychological experiences we face each day
-The brain’s attempt at preparing us to anticipate threats and challenges
Even more interesting than the seemingly random dreams we experience and often forget upon waking are recurrent dreams. Studies show that up to 75% of adults experience these dreams that often share a common theme. One popular recurring dream many people report involves teeth falling out. If you’ve ever experienced a dream like this, you probably remember how frighteningly real it felt. Here are some theories on why you might be dreaming about your teeth falling out.
One thought process behind these dreams says that the anxiety and fear we experience when big changes in our life are happening can manifest themselves while we sleep.
Perhaps the most popular explanation of dreams involving teeth ties our self-confidence in our appearance to this occurrence of this dream. Our teeth are an integral part of how we look to others, and we’ve all probably heard how a smile is the first thing one notices about someone new.
In line with the idea that these dreams are about our level of attractiveness, many women going through menopause report dreams involving teeth. Our culture makes it clear that signs of aging are perceived as a weakness. This can cause anxiety that is expressed in other ways such as dreams.
Loss of Power
Because teeth are so strong and are used as fierce tools when we bite, chew and tear food they can be symbols of power. Some people believe these dreams show a frustration of powerlessness. Dreamers may feel like they aren’t being heard or are being treated as inferior, possibly in a work or relationship setting.
Some studies have suggested that these dreams could actually indicate the dreamer is grinding or clenching their teeth at night. The pain they think is imaginary in the dream world could actually be affecting them due to this habit.
Grinding teeth, also known as Bruxism, can cause many dental problems and can even lead to symptoms of TMJ disorder. If you think you may be grinding your teeth in your sleep, call us today at 509-368-7788 to schedule an appointment so we can be sure no damage is being done to your mouth or jaw.
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