Dreams can be mysterious, eye opening and sometimes be scary experiences for everyone. But did you know dreams can be much more, today we've gathered 25 Intruiging Dream Facts You Might Not Know.
Dreams mainly occur in the rapid-eye movement (REM) stage of sleep—when brain activity is high and resembles that of being awake. REM sleep is revealed by continuous movements of the eyes during sleep. At times, dreams may occur during other stages of sleep. However, these dreams tend to be much less vivid or memorable.
In modern times, dreams have been seen as a connection to the unconscious mind. They range from normal and ordinary to overly surreal and bizarre. Dreams can have varying natures, such as frightening, exciting, magical, melancholic, adventurous, or sexual. The events in dreams are generally outside the control of the dreamer, with the exception of lucid dreaming, where the dreamer is self-aware. Dreams can at times make a creative thought occur to the person or give a sense of inspiration.
Checkout these 25 Intruiging Dream Facts You Might Not Know to learn more about dreams!
Every human dreams
Even though some of us don't remember dreaming when asleep, science shows that we all dream. Every human being dreams (except in cases of extreme psychological disorder). If you think you are not dreaming – you just forget your dreams.
You Forget 90% of Your Dreams
Within 10 Minutes of Waking Up 90% of our dreams are forgotten. There's a time limit to how much you can remember about your dream. Only within five minutes since you are up from your sleep, an average person's dream is forgotten and in just 10 minutes, 90 percent of the dream is gone with the wind. However, if awakened at the REM (rapid eye movement sleep) stage, that person is more likely to remember the dream.
In Our lifetime we'll spend 6 years Dreaming
Human beings spend roughly around 6 years of their lifetime dreaming.
You can’t read while dreaming, or tell the time
If you're not sure if you're dreaming, try reading something. It is noted that many people cannot read in there dreams.
Thousands of years ago, the Egyptians were the first to create a dream dictionary in 4000 B.C.E.
Blind People Also Dream
People who have become blind after birth still dream visually. People who were born blind dream using their other senses including sounds, smells and touch.
We have 3 to 7 Dreams a night
Humans tend to have around 3 to 7 dreams a night. We dream around 2 to 3 hours in a whole night
Inventions inspired by dreams
Dreams are responsible for some of the greatest inventions, including…
- The idea for Google -Larry Page
- Alternating current generator -Tesla
- DNA’s double helix spiral form -James Watson
- The sewing machine -Elias Howe
- Periodic table -Dimitri Mendeleyev
Controlling Your Dreams
The good part is that you can often control your dreams. You can manipulate, twist and turn the beginning and the ending of your dreams like it's a movie being shot in front of you. It is called the "Lucid dreaming" (one is aware that he/she is dreaming) phase.
Our mind is not inventing faces – in our dreams we see real faces of real people that we have seen during our life but may not know or remember. We have all seen hundreds of thousands of faces throughout our lives, so we have an endless supply of characters for our brain to utilize during our dreams.
Drug can Enhance Dreams
Drug withdrawal can cause more intense dreams. People who also quit alcohol and smoking experience heavier dreams and nightmares.
There are some astounding cases where people actually dreamt about things which happened to them later, in the exact same ways they dreamed about. You could say they got a glimpse of the future, or it might have just been coincidence. The fact remains that this is some seriously interesting and bizarre phenomena. Some of the most famous premonition dreams include:
- Abraham Lincoln dreamt of His Assassination
- Many of the victims of 9/11 had dreams warning them about the catastrophe
- Mark Twain’s dream of his brother’s demise
- 19 verified precognitive dreams about the Titanic catastrophe
Not everyone Dreams in Color
Not everyone dreams in colour and not everyone dreams in black and white. If a person grew up watching black and white television, he/she is more likely to dream in black and white. In a survey, it was revealed that 12% of sighted people ONLY dreamt in black and white and rest of the sample dreamt exclusively in colour. The number has gone down. Today, only 4.4% under-25-year olds dream in black and white, the change is being based (by scientists) upon the transformation from black and white television to colour media.
Men and Women Dreams
Men tend to dream about men more than women, and women dream about people of both genders. Men generally have more aggressive emotions in their dreams than the female lot.
Dreams are Symbolic
If you dream about some particular subject it is not often that the dream is about that. Dreams speak in a deeply symbolic language. Whatever symbol your dream picks on it is most unlikely to be a symbol for itself.
Sleeping in Cars
Did you know around 100 000 drivers a year crash going in and out of sleep in their cars.
It's not only you who dreams, animals dream too just like this leopard lost in his dreamworld after eating lunch. The best example is a dog, you will often see them twitching their paws as if they are running in their dreams.
It’s impossible to dream when you’re snoring.
The most common emotion experienced in dreams is anxiety. Negative emotions are more common than positive ones.
Nightmares happen more to kids than adults. Nightmares can lead to persistent problems, as people can anticipate them and develop anxiety. They may fear falling asleep, and when awakened by a nightmare, will be unable to fall back asleep. This is called artificial insomnia.
More women than men experience deja-vu in their dreams (eg. you have been in the dream before).
REM sleep disorder
In the state of REM (rapid-eye-movement) stage of your sleep your body is normally paralyzed. In rare cases, however, people act out their dreams. These have resulted in broken arms, legs, broken furniture, and in at least one reported case, a house burnt down.
Your body burns more calories sleeping than it does in the day time.
The dream-catcher is one of the most well-known Native American symbols. It is a loose web or webs woven around a hoop and decorated with sacred objects meant to protect against nightmares.
Cause for psychosis
It is very important for you to keep sleeping and dreaming when you're at the REM stage of your sleep. That keeps you healthy. If you're woken up for some reason or the other right at the start of your REM stage, you may fall prey to psychotic disorders such as hallucination, irritation etc.