Sleeping and Dreaming

We sleep through one third of our life, and dreams dominate two of the eight hours that we typically sleep during a day—but why we do both is a continuing mystery. Sleep is basically a brain phenomenon, since other body organs and (brainless) plants don’t sleep. Its biological importance is underscored by the fact that…

The Dreaming Brain

From a subjective viewpoint, it can be difficult to believe that dreams have any deep meaning. One of my most memorable dreams involved the actor Tom Selleck, a sea monster and a talking duck. If this was supposed to be a message from my subconscious, its significance was certainly lost on me. Indeed, reasons for…