• Question: Did you know that when we die in a dream we wake up because our brain doesn't know what happens after death?

    Asked by aimee0breton on 8 Jun 2018.
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      Alexandra Hogan answered on 8 Jun 2018:

      No I didn’t know that! Dreams are so interesting though, aren’t they.

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      Lauren Burns answered on 8 Jun 2018:

      If you are interested in dreams then you should think about pursuing psychology because dreams are one of the most baffling subjects that we study! There are loads of theories surrounding what happens when we dream, but fall short of hard evidence because of how complicated it is to research. It is my understanding that we wake up because dying (or thinking you are going to die) is a very stressful event, and stress releases adrenaline (a hormone that our bodies release), your body can’t be asleep and have a massive rush of adrenaline – so you wake up (which is why when you wake after ‘falling’ or ‘dying’ in a dream your heart feels like it’s going a bazillion miles an hour!)

      However, once again, we aren’t 100% sure this is the case – but if you’re interested, research dreams in the future and I will be sure to keep an eye out for your results!!!

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      Ashley Akbari answered on 9 Jun 2018:

      Dreams are a bit of an unknown to me – i know there are lots of theories as to what you dream of having an impact from your previous day or emotions but all bit of a random phenomenon to me!

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      Hannah Farley answered on 10 Jun 2018:

      That makes sense because I know that’s happened to me in a dream a couple of times! I think the psychology of dreams and the study of sleep is really interesting, especially as we actually spend a third of our lives asleep.