I'm simply throwing it out there as an option to consider in life. So, imagine you had the ability to dream whatever dream you wanted to dream, and that you could, for example, have the ability to dream about 75 years, or any amount of time you want, in one night. Would you use this power?
The answer is yes, it's possible to have a dream every night. If you think about it, dreams are reminders that our brain functions even when we're sleeping. So, all you need to do is figure out what you want to remember and what you want to forget and then make sure you dream about it at least once.
Here are some examples of how people have used their dreaming abilities:
- Daniel was a slave who was given the opportunity to learn how to read and write by a young king. He used his ability to read others' minds to help him escape slavery twice. After the second escape, he decided to use his knowledge of reading minds to help other slaves find freedom too. Today, Daniel uses his skills to read people's thoughts when they come into the office hoping to solve problems or come up with new ideas. He knows what kinds of problems employees face and uses this information to help them find good jobs.
- Joseph was locked away in a prison cell with no way out.
Every night, most individuals dream for about 2 hours. Sleep experts used to believe that humans only dreamt during rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, a deep sleep period during which the body performs crucial restorative activities. However, recent research has shown that people do not only dream during REM sleep; they also dream while still in other stages of sleep such as light sleep.
Why we dream is still unknown, but it may be related to learning and memory. A few studies have suggested that dreams serve as a kind of feedback mechanism for monitoring our emotions and responding to potential threats during sleep. Dreams can also be used by our brains as a way to make sense of the world around us through the creation of stories.
For one thing, most experts feel that having dozens of dreams in one night is entirely conceivable, even though you won't recall them all. "We dream every 90 minutes throughout the night, with each cycle of dreaming being longer than the preceding," Lauri Quinn Loewenberg, a dream specialist, author, and media personality, told Women's Health. "So, yes, it is possible to have many dreams in one night."
Why do we dream? Scientists aren't sure but think it may be part of our biological need for renewal. Using our imagination to create new experiences in our dreams helps us apply what we've learned to real life situations. Dreams also provide a safe place where we can release anxiety and stress from daily life problems. Finally, sleeping well allows time for our body to repair itself between missions from the mind. All in all, there seems to be good reason for so many dreams in one night.
Dreams might be repeated simply for a brief amount of time when particular conditions occur, or they can last for years, like in your case. 25 years is one of the longest periods of time I've heard of. Either way, it's possible.
Have other people had similar dreams over and over again? Sure. Just because you're only aware of some aspect of your dream world doesn't mean that no one else is conscious of other aspects.
Do you remember what you were doing when you woke up each time of your repeated dream? Probably not, since it seems like just a fragment of one long dream. But even if you don't recall everything about its content, that in itself isn't significant. It could be an important part of the story that you're unaware of. As for me, I think of my dreams as stories that I tell myself in order to learn something new or experience something old. So remembering only a part of one story isn't necessarily problematic.
What do you think the meaning of your recurring dream is? That's difficult to say. It may be a message from God, but it could also be a warning sign, a metaphor, etc. There are many different ways to interpret dreams, and they can lead us to make different decisions in our lives.