Contemporary research of dreams is divided into two realms. One realm looks at the biology of what is happening in our brains and bodies while we sleep. We have gained much insight into these processes through the work of researchers such as Nathaniel Kleitman and his student Eugene Aserinsky. The 1950's saw the work of these two scientists open the door to our modern understanding of sleep. An excellent article by Chip Brown written for Smithsonian Magazine describing their work and its implications can be found here:

The other realm of dream research deals with what is happening to the mind while we sleep. Psychology, philosophy, and theology have all made attempts at explaining
this. In the early 1900's psychologists Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung authored some of the most well known theories on how we should interpret our dreams. Both expressed that dreams could be interpreted in ways that provide insight into a person's waking life. A great summary of their views can be found on a Penn State student blog here:

Psychology offers what is likely the most thorough explanation for the purpose of dreams, but it is important to also explore theological and cultural ideas as to what dreams are.Native American culture believed that dreams were of great importance and that events that occurred in dreams had direct implications in the context of waking life. Below is an article by author Tony Crisp detailing many of these beliefs.

Buddhist philosophy has a complex explanation for dreams. They see some dreams as not having a great deal of importance, but do believe that there are rare cases of
prophetic dreams.

We have yet to come to a conclusion on the purpose of dreams. The thorough understanding of what exactly dreams are and why we have them is a frontier that offers an
exciting opportunity for those who enjoy studying subjects on the fringes of our current knowledge.

Every 15 minutes our site uses an API provided by Twitter to collect a sampling of tweets that contain text we have found gets the best amount of tweets about dreams vs tweets that contain relevant key phrases but are not about dreams. Duplicates are automatically deleted from our database. Our dream search allows a tag-style search to look through our database and returns tweets sorted by date.

This site offers a unique way to study dreams. The "Dreams Over Time" feature allows the frequency of certain types of dreams to be compared to timelines of real world events. The an example of this process would look as follows:

This example would test if dreams dealing with fear and anxiety increase when there is a natural disaster that effects a large group of people.

1. A grouping of keywords that returns dreams dealing with anxiety or fear could be searched for.
2. The "Dreams Over Time" graph could be reviewed to see spikes in this kind of dream and the dates of spikes recorded.
3. The date of the natural disaster could be checked against the dates of the spikes recorded in the previous step.

This is a hypothetical example, and finding a correlation would not prove causation. However it would provide a very interesting starting point for further research, which is what we are hoping this site will be able to provide.

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