Recent study results suggest that the rapid eye movements that occur in sleep are linked to visual processing rather than just physical activation or movement, reports The Conversation.

In line with the earliest of theories about why we dream, are we processing content that has been consciously or unconsciously avoided during wakefulness, but somehow “needs” to be dealt with at least during sleep to maintain our psychological well-being?

Are the eye movements a simple byproduct of the visual processing that occurs of the images we dream?