Facts about Dreams You May Not Know
Psychology facts about sleep and dreams that might be shocking to you.
Woke up trying to recall images, scenes, or sensations you’ve experienced when you were asleep? You may be racking your brain trying to remember all the facts about dreams you’ve had and end up with vague images or maybe none at all, but you are aware that you’ve had a dream.
There may be many facts about dreams you never knew. Dreams include imageries, feelings, voices, and particular sensations encountered when sleeping.
Whatever the reason for your dream is, here are ten strange facts about dreams that you might find interesting:
- Dreams exempt no one. Men, women, and babies have dreams. Researchers found that every individual has multiple dreams, ranging from five to twenty minutes. A typical lifetime is spent on an average of six years dreaming.
- Quickly forgotten. Within ten minutes of waking up, 90 percent of your dream is forgotten. Frontal lobes responsible for memory foundation are idle during REM (rapid eye movement) sleep—the phase where dreaming takes place. If one is woken during this stage, it is possible for the person to recall the dream.
- Not every dream is in color. Not all have colorful dreams. In a survey, the number of people who dream in black and white decreased from 12 to 4.4 percent attributed to switching from black-and-white television to colored ones.
- Distinct dream for men and women. Men’s and women’s dreams differ. In the male’s dream, 70 percent of the people involved are men and tends to be more aggressive, while women’s dream features men and women equally.
- Facts about lucid dream Lucid dreaming is when you are conscious in your dream. This is where some people can control their dreams and do things like traveling to diverse dimensions, fly, pass through walls, or travel back in time.
- More on the negative. Research revealed that emotions felt throughout the dream are happiness, delight, and fear. However, negative emotions like anxiety, fear, sadness, and anger are the most common scenes in people’s dreams.
- Pets have them too. Have you ever seen your dogs moving their paws while sleeping? They might be chasing something in their dreams.
- Paralysis during sleep. You might experience paralysis during the REM stage which helps in preventing you from acting out your dream. You may also experience such even before or after sleeping, which is why you can’t move even if you are awake.
- Dreams are universal. There is a particular theme present in the dreams of people across the world like falling or being chased or attacked. According to Patricia Garfield, a worldwide authority on dreams, people dream about being chased or attacked as a reaction to the stresses of life. It is a result of emotions such as fright, apprehension, fury, hate, and jealousy.
- Sight or not—doesn’t matter. People who are not born blind are able to see images and those who are born blind “see” through their sense of touch, smell, hearing, and taste. A group of Danish researchers conducted a survey involving people born blind and the ones who became blind after reaching the age of one of their dreams. There was no visual impression for the people who were born blind in their dreams. For the people who became blind later, the longer they were blind, the lesser they saw visual impressions. Sensory information dominates the dreams of blind people.
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