It will be easier to understand it in this way: you dream the whole night…. Perhaps you may not believe this. Many people say that they don’t dream at all, but it is only because they are not aware of their dreams. Many people say that they seldom dream, but it is just that they don’t remember; otherwise, everyone dreams the whole night. During a whole night of sleep a person dreams an average of twelve dreams. There are people who dream more than this, but it is difficult to find people who dream less. Twelve dreams cover three-quarters of your night’s sleep. Sushupti, deep sleep, covers only one quarter of your sleep; your dreams cover three-quarters of your sleep, but you don’t remember them. The reason for this is that if for even one moment, deep sleep happens at the end of a dream, your contact with the memory of your dreams will be broken.
The dreams that you remember are mostly the dreams from the early morning or from the morning part of your sleep when deep sleep has passed and you are beginning to wake up. You don’t fall asleep again after these dreams, but instead you wake up remembering them. If between dreaming and waking even a tiny period of deep sleep happens, your link with the memory of it will be cut off. The memory will be created, but normally you will not be able to remember it. It is not that no memory is created: the memory is created, but it goes into the unconscious. Even in deep sleep there is memory, but it moves into your unconscious, you are not aware of it. Only with effort can the memories be brought up from your unconscious, but generally you don’t remember them. Only the morning dreams will stay in your short-term memory.
This is why many people think that they only dream in the morning. No, you dream the whole night, and now this can be proved scientifically. Now scientific instruments are available that can show that through the whole night when you are dreaming and when you are not dreaming. One interesting thing is that your eyes start to move around when you dream, in the same way that they move around when you are watching something that is happening in your waking state. The movement of your eyes is what shows that you are dreaming.
For example, when a man is watching a film, his eyes move very fast, he has to move them rapidly. In the same way, the eye movements under his eyelids are even faster when he is seeing a dream. It is called rem – rapid eye movement – and then we know that the person is dreaming. So the instruments are attached and they will keep showing when the eye movements occur.
If somebody wakes you up when your eyes are moving rapidly, you will immediately be able to recall the dream that you were having. When your eyes are not moving and you are woken up, then you will say that you were not dreaming. So now it is a well-established fact that when a man is dreaming his eyes will move rapidly under his eyelids, the same as if he were watching a movie. This has been discovered by experimenting for whole nights with thousands of people.