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Asked 15th Feb, 2016

Do babies dream in their sleep?

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9th Aug, 2017
Peter Schaefer
Advanced Orthomolecular Research
Babies 👶 dream in their womb to 

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15th Feb, 2016
Krishnan Umachandran
NELCAST
REM (rapid eye movement) is a light sleep stage where dreams occur.  REM sleep is often referred to as active sleep because it involves increased brain activity.  It\'s believed that our body carry out most of it\'s repair work during this time. Blood flow to our brain is increased, which for a child helps their brain to grow. 
It\'s also during this sleep stage that the growth hormone is secreted.  This hormone encourages growth in children and assists with the healing of muscles in adults.  Growing infants and young children spend around 50% of their total sleep time in REM sleep, compared to 20% for adults. 
During this sleep stage; your child\'s heart rate and breathing speed up and becomes erratic; her face, fingers and legs may twitch; and her pupils can be seen moving under her eye lids.  
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15th Feb, 2016
Han Ping Fung
HP Inc.
Hi Sufia,
Think some answers can be found for your similar question:
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15th Feb, 2016
Abhijit Mitra
University of Calcutta
Yes, they dream mostly of cycling and food intake as per Dr. Sahid's latest dream version of baby (part VI)
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15th Feb, 2016
Krishnan Umachandran
NELCAST
REM (rapid eye movement) is a light sleep stage where dreams occur.  REM sleep is often referred to as active sleep because it involves increased brain activity.  It\'s believed that our body carry out most of it\'s repair work during this time. Blood flow to our brain is increased, which for a child helps their brain to grow. 
It\'s also during this sleep stage that the growth hormone is secreted.  This hormone encourages growth in children and assists with the healing of muscles in adults.  Growing infants and young children spend around 50% of their total sleep time in REM sleep, compared to 20% for adults. 
During this sleep stage; your child\'s heart rate and breathing speed up and becomes erratic; her face, fingers and legs may twitch; and her pupils can be seen moving under her eye lids.  
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I answered this on the link that Han Ping Fung has identified above, This was my answer: 
"Perhaps babies dream about past lives. A consideration for those of us who believe in reincarnation. Should be lots of dream images from there?? Perhaps these dreams provide the bridge from that life to this. Just a thought."
Do babies dream? - ResearchGate. Available from: https://www.researchgate.net/post/Do_babies_dream/3 [accessed Feb 15, 2016].
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15th Feb, 2016
Oluwafemi Samson Balogun
University of Eastern Finland
I think they do
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15th Feb, 2016
Maria Bettencourt Pires
Universidade NOVA de Lisboa
Yes, they do !!!
Some talk in their sleep.
Even dogs and cats dream in their sleep. Dreaming is one of the well-acquired stages of sleep.
My cat talks in its sleep...
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15th Feb, 2016
José Eduardo Jorge
Universidad Nacional de La Plata
This is not my field, but if we give credit to Jean Piaget's research, babies don't have yet built mental images or developed the notion of an object independent of themselves. So I suppose that, if they have dreams, they must be composed of more or less disconnected sensory data and feelings .
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15th Feb, 2016
Charles Anukwonke
Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University
They do and when it becomes terrifying they scream out loud as though they are being pursued
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15th Feb, 2016
Nelson Elias
Vila Velha Hospital
Dear Sufia
Dream more than adults. Dreams take place in the stage of sleep known as REM (which stands for Rapid Eye Movement). In adults, this phase occupies about 25% of the time in which it is asleep; in fetuses, sleeping, yes, reaches 30% from the eighth month of pregnancy; and in newborns, 50%
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16th Feb, 2016
Kunal Mondal
Idaho National Laboratory
I do suspect that the  brain of the newborn babies are not developed enough  for dreaming. May be they have some discrete snaps/or some kind of neural data of  whatever  they have seen after birth. The situation changes with their mental age.   
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16th Feb, 2016
Hazim Hashim Tahir
Ministry of Science and Technology, Iraq
Dear Colleagues,
Good Day,
"Do Babies Dream
Babies spend about 50 percent of sleep time in active/REM sleep—the stage characterized by vivid dreams—compared with 25 percent for adults. So it's possible that infants have more, or longer, nighttime adventures than their parents do. Here, a dream debriefing:
What do babies dream about?
We can't know exact subject matter, but their dreams are most likely silent, says Jodi Mindell, Ph.D., the associate director of the Sleep Center at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. "Since infants don't have language, their dreams probably consist of imagery without any dialogue."
What about nightmares?
Beyond a healthy wariness of strangers, kids don't develop real fears until age 2 or 3. "Until then, it's very unlikely that a baby would have ascary dream," says Mindell.
What's a night terror?
Although these unexplained partial arousals between sleep stages may cause your child to shriek and thrash about, she is not having a bad dream. After a few minutes, your baby will settle back down (in fact, she probably never woke up at all). The best thing to do? Nothing. Trying to console her may only prolong the episode."
Please, see the link
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16th Feb, 2016
Hazim Hashim Tahir
Ministry of Science and Technology, Iraq
Dear Colleagues,
Good Day,
"What do babies dream about?
What do babies dream about? Do they have nightmares?
We may never know for sure. Dream researchers depend on study volunteers to tell them if, when, and what they dream -- and babies aren't quite up to the task. We do know, however, that adult dreaming occurs during REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, and that infants spend 50 percent of their snooze time in REM, which is almost twice as much time as adults spend. It would be a logical assumption that babies do dream and that it has something to do with their brain development since they spend so much time in this stage of sleep. But it's hard to imagine the landscape of your baby's dream world since he doesn't have language or clear concepts of people and things. Chances are he isn't having nightmares, though, since he probably doesn't grasp the meaning of fear yet. We suspect bad dreams don't happen until kids are 2 or 3 and have a better notion of being afraid and an active imagination that can conjure up bogeymen. --Hagar Scher"
Please, see the link ....
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16th Feb, 2016
Mohamed A Yassin
National Center for Cancer Care and Research
Dear Hazim 
thank you for the interesting answer
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16th Feb, 2016
Mihai Prunescu
Institute of Mathematics of the Romanian Academy
Babies have an enormous amount of information to process. I am sure that they do this by using all functions, including dreaming. The question if they have nightmares or nice dreams is not scientific enough, specifically in this case. Can we soundly define a nightmare or a nice dream using our own experience in dreaming?
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16th Feb, 2016
Nawsherwan Sadiq Mohammad
Hawler Medical University College of Medicine
absolutely yes
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16th Feb, 2016
B.Vignesh Waran
Kamaraj College of Engineering and Technology
yes
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16th Feb, 2016
Seyed Mehdi Mohammadizadeh
University of Campinas
Dear Dr. Krishnan Umachandran,
Many thanks for your complete and interesting answer.
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16th Feb, 2016
Peter Schaefer
Advanced Orthomolecular Research
 big  yes...ther dream
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17th Feb, 2016
Sufia Zaman
University of Calcutta
Thnxs to all
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17th Feb, 2016
Arif Mahmood
Quaid-i-Azam University
yup, they see
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17th Feb, 2016
Subhash C. Kundu
Gurugram University Gurugram
That's in spite of the fact that, from birth onward, sleeping babies enter the REM (rapid eye movement) sleep phase — the one in which adults dream. And boy, do they: Newborns spend half their sleep time in REM, accompanied by jerking eyeballs, twitching bodies and a characteristic saw-toothed pattern on brain scans. For comparison, adults spend just one quarter of their sleeping time in REM and the rest in the dreamless non-REM phase, marked by slowly varying brain waves. If babies did dream during REM, then they would dream for the equivalent of a full eight-hour workday. That would be a lot of mileage to get out of the few images they've collected of their bedroom, toys and parents' faces.
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17th Feb, 2016
Mariam Ahmad
D-MarSya
Dear Sufia,
Babies do dream in their sleep just like men and women do. They can even have lucid dreams too (Cherry, 2016)
It is during the REM sleep that the emotion is very active even though the muscle tone seems to diminish. Yet when you wake the babies up during this stage, they could still remember lucidly about their dreams.
But babies do understand how to reach the adults especially about their lucid dreams. What they could do is cry to signify sad or bad dream, laugh or smile to indicate about the good dream they have just gone through.
It is interesting to note that babies do dream in their sleep - just like the rest of us.
Best regards - Mariam
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19th Feb, 2016
Hazim Hashim Tahir
Ministry of Science and Technology, Iraq
Dear Colleagues,
Good Day,
"Do babies dream? If so, what do they dream about? Dr Charles P Pollack of the Sleep Center for Medicine tells us what science knows of newborn baby dreams.
Do babies dream? The answer, quite simply is, yes - as far as we can tell.
Dr Charles P Pollak, director of the Center for Sleep Medicine in New York, points out that newborn infants all display REM sleep, because you can literally see the rapid eye movements under their eyelids.
He explains that this REM behavior is "an evolutionarily old type of sleep that occurs at all life stages, including infancy, and even before infancy, in fetal life."
So it is a well-based inference that babies are dreaming during this REM sleep.
So What Do Babies Dream About?
As for the content of babies' dreams, Dr Pollak said: "That is like asking whether your pet dog or cat is dreaming, because they can't communicate, and you can't ask. We presume that infants dream infantile things, but we don't really know what it is that they dream."
If you've ever watched your pet dog sleep, you can sometimes see their feet twitch as if they're dreaming of running. Or sometimes they make little baby barks in their dreams - subdued versions of real life actions. So if your dog dreams about the the thing he loves doing most... what do babies dream about?
"There is some evidence in adults that the direction of eye movement corresponds in a crude way to the content of the dream," Dr Pollak says. "If they are dreaming about walking in a field," he said, "the movement is most likely horizontal. If they dream of looking up at a building or climbing stairs, vertical eye movement is more likely to predominate. We can't go further than that."
Sure, the scientists can't go further than that. But we can have fun guessing. My guess as to what they dream about? Babies dream of lying around pooping their pants, watching the world go by, and searching for giant nipples to suck on..."
Please, see the link....
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26th Mar, 2016
Afaq Ahmad
Sultan Qaboos University
Dear Dr. Sufia Zaman,
Dreaming in sleep at this age are quite common, and can occur for all babies regardless of their environment.and change of house. This is as usual as just like adults. Babies sometimes work out confusing or difficult feelings and experiences through their dreams.
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26th May, 2016
R.Suresh Babu
Kamaraj College of Engineering and Technology
Yes sir,
Surely babies are dreaming. During the time their face is grooming. Even they were laughing during the time of dreaming.
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4th Aug, 2016
Sufia Zaman
University of Calcutta
babies laugh and cry within sleep
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Madam, you have to ask from babies.
20th Feb, 2017
Michael Issigonis
Brandon University
Yes, because sometimes they scream out loud from a bad (?) dream soon after they fall asleep.
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22nd Apr, 2017
Syed Amir Gilani
University of Lahore
yes for sure
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23rd Apr, 2017
Hazim Hashim Tahir
Ministry of Science and Technology, Iraq
Dear Colleagues,
Good Day,
"Do Babies Dream?
By Rebecca Turner 
Do babies dream? The answer, quite simply is, yes - as far as we can tell.
Dr Charles P Pollak, director of the Center for Sleep Medicine in New York, points out that newborn infants all display REM sleep, because you can literally see the rapid eye movements under their eyelids.
He explains that this REM behavior is "an evolutionarily old type of sleep that occurs at all life stages, including infancy, and even before infancy, in fetal life."
So it is a well-based inference that babies are dreaming during this REM sleep."....
Please, press on the link to see the rest of the article.....
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9th Aug, 2017
Peter Schaefer
Advanced Orthomolecular Research
Babies 👶 dream in their womb to 

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