afaik, dreams work backwards.
They start at the ending, and the story is created backwards to create a “logic of analogies”.
The dream forms in a FLASH – created backwards, but replays forwards, in the spooky zone between asleep and awake.
Mine seem to tell their story all at once in the first 400 ms after I open my eyes – about 1/2 a second – but they FEEL as if they’ve been going on for a long long time.
I don’t know if dreams are happening DURING REM sleep but I think they happen in a flash and all the information is hitting us at the same time.
so, if for example, the end of the dreams is gunfire in a public bathroom and urinals are exploding everywhere and there’s water gushing all over the place, I wake up having to go to the bathroom, but the dream that is created that ENDS at the running water, actually STARTED at the running water and worked backwards to the beginning.
But since our conscious brains can’t handle Time running any which way but forwards, our consciousness (in that brief moment) “flips it around” for us and we feel as if the beginning was the ending, and the ending was the beginning.