Sunday, 1 January 2017

Here are 13 Interesting and Amazing Facts About Dreams.

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Dreaming is one of the most mysterious and interesting things we get to experience in our entire lives and the fact that we don't have to pay for it is even more amazing. In my dreams, I could be anyone and do anything. I've even participated in a Fast and furious-type race when I can't even ride a bicycle in reality. 😂 Well, during the Roman Era some dreams were even submitted to the Roman Senate for analysis and dream interpretation. They were thought to be messages from the gods.
Dream interpreters even accompanied military leaders to battles and campaigns! In addition to this, it is also known that many artists have received their creative ideas from their dreams. But what do we actually know about dreams? Here are 13 interesting facts about dreams.

1. You Forget 90% of your Dreams: Within 5 minutes of waking up, half of your dream is forgotten. Within 10 minutes, 90% is gone. Now you see why you always feel like you don't have dreams.

2. Blind People also Dream: People who became blind after birth can see images in their dreams. People who are born blind do not see any images, but have equally vivid dreams involving their other senses of sound, smell, touch and emotion.

3. Everybody Dreams: Every human being dreams (except in cases of extreme psychological disorder). If you think you are not dreaming– you just forget your dreams.

4. In Our Dreams We Only See Faces That We already Know: We may sometimes be forced to think that Our mind is inventing faces. Well, it is not – 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 surplus supply of characters for our brain to utilize during our dreams.

5. Not Everybody Dreams in Colour: A full 12% of sighted people dream exclusively in black and white. The remaining number dream in full colour. This is terrifying news! Studies from 1915 through to the 1950s maintained that the majority of dreams were in black and white, but these results began to change in the 1960s. Today only 4.4% of the dreams of people under 25 year-old are in black and white. I'll definitely pick dreaming in Colour, HD and 3D any time any day. Recent research has suggested that those changing results may be linked to the switch from black-and-white film and TV to colour media.

6. Dreams are Symbolic: Many believe that If you dream about a particular subject, it is not often that the dream is about that subject. Dreams speak in a deeply symbolic language. Whatever symbol your dream picks on, it is most unlikely to be a symbol for itself but may have a deeper meaning.

7. Emotions: The most common emotion experienced in dreams is anxiety. Negative emotions are more common than positive ones.

8. You can have four to seven dreams in one night: On average, you can dream anywhere from one or two hours every night.

9. Animals Dream Too: Studies have been done on many different animals, and they all show the same brain waves during dreaming sleep as humans. Watch a dog sleeping sometime. The paws move like they are running and they make yipping sounds as if they are chasing something in a dream.

10. Body Paralysis Rapid eye movement (REM): This is a normal stage of sleep characterized by rapid movements of the eyes. REM sleep in adult humans typically occupies 20-25% of total sleep, about 90-120 minutes of a night’s sleep. During REM sleep the body is paralyzed by a mechanism in the brain in order to prevent the movements which occur in the dream from causing the physical body to move. Sometimes, we have bad dreams that accompany sleep paralysis and we may perceive it as being real. Many years back, I had a dream in which I was resting on my bed when all of a sudden, a dark figure appeared and was very frightening. I tried getting up but i just couldn't move. In that moment, you feel like you're awake but you don't have complete control over your muscles. Well, it was just a dream and this happens because your mind awakens faster than your body. It is possible for this mechanism to be triggered before, during, or after normal sleep while the brain awakens.

11. Dream Incorporation: Our mind interprets the external stimuli that our senses are bombarded with when we are asleep and make them a part of our dreams. This means that sometimes in our dreams, we hear a sound from reality and incorporate it in a way. For instance, you may be dreaming that you triggered an alarm system while escaping from Prison, when in reality, your alarm clocking is ringing you back to life.

12. Men and Women Dream Differently: Men tend to dream more about other men (excluding teenage boys, if you know what i mean). Around 70% of the characters in a man’s dream are other men. On the other hand, a woman’s dream contains almost an equal number of men and women. Aside from that, men generally have more aggressive emotions in their dreams than the female lot.

13. Sometimes, we find ourselves falling-off a cliff in our dreams after tripping only to wake up jumping a distance off our beds. Yeah, you're not abnormal and this happens to almost everyone. It is called Hypnic Jerk and it is one of the amazing things that happen in our sleep. Fortunately I have a blog post dedicated to this. Learn more about Hypnic jerks and its causes.

There you have it, 13 amazing and interesting facts about dreams. Do you have this amazing dream you'd like to share? Do that in the comments below. Share this post with your friends using the share buttons below. Also, endeavor to subscribe to our newsletter to get more amazing updates directly to your email.


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