Your sleep is comprised of numerous cycles. From the moment your head hits the pillow to when you wake, your brain is going through a ton of activity. You can thank one cycle of sleep in particular for your most vivid dreams and crazy nightmares.
4. REM Sleep Is Responsible For Your Most Memorable Dreams
Your dreaming mostly occurs during rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, which only includes about 1/4 of your total night's sleep. REM sleep occurs in cycles between 20-90 minutes throughout the night, and your body may experience rapid eye movements, increased breathing, and a rapid pulse during this time.
5. Dogs Experience REM Sleep And Its Symptoms As Well
Our furry friends have a sleep cycle that almost mirrors the human cycle, and their REM sleep can be associated with the rapid movement of their eyes of their infamous running in place during their slumber. The only question that remains is what do dogs see in their dreams?
6. Are Doggie Dreams Solely Comprised Of Food And Frolicking?
It would be safe to assume that dogs dream of bones that need to be buried and human food that needs to be consumed, but research at Harvard University shows that their dreams may be filled with something much more heartwarming.
An expert at Harvard, Dr. Deirdre Barrett, stated that "since dogs are generally extremely attached to their human owners, it’s likely your dog is dreaming of your face, your smell and of pleasing or annoying you." Dog owners everywhere can hardly handle it.
8. The Internet Is Blowing Up After Receiving The Adorable News
Scientists are still working on this one, and science can't even explain why humans experience vivid, memorable dreams. Since our sleep cycle is quite similar to that of a dog's we can only assume that they are also trying to piece together and understand their everyday thoughts and experiences.
12. All The More Reason To Let Your Furry Friend Rest
The next time you see your dog running or howling in his sleep, remember they are most likely hanging out with you in dreamland. This is just one more reason that sleep is awesome and man's best friend is amazing in every single way.