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When do you dream?

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Dreams can occur anytime during sleep. But most vivid dreams occur during deep, REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, when the brain is most active. Some experts say we dream at least four to six times per night.

From: Dreams WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

International Association for the Study of Dreams: "Common Questions About Dreams."

National Sleep Foundation: "In Your Dreams," "Dreams and Sleep."

DreamScience.org: "The Science of Dreaming."

University of California Santa Cruz: "The Quantitative Study of Dreams: Frequently Asked Questions."

PBS.org: "Dreams: Expert Q&A."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on September 17, 2016

SOURCES:

International Association for the Study of Dreams: "Common Questions About Dreams."

National Sleep Foundation: "In Your Dreams," "Dreams and Sleep."

DreamScience.org: "The Science of Dreaming."

University of California Santa Cruz: "The Quantitative Study of Dreams: Frequently Asked Questions."

PBS.org: "Dreams: Expert Q&A."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on September 17, 2016

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