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Vivid Dreams Explained: 5 Causes of Vivid Dreams

Written by the MasterClass staff

Last updated: Feb 24, 2022 • 3 min read

In a regular sleep cycle, human beings go through REM sleep and experience dreams. Typically, we forget these dreams and spend our daily life with no memory of what went on during our nighttime REM cycles. Some people, though, experience dream content that feels surprisingly realistic, and they remember it the next day. Such dreams are known as vivid dreams.