You won’t go away from this post with any great understanding of how dreams work, but a couple of the quick facts might just open your eyes about dreaming. We just hope it doesn’t happen in the midst of REM sleep! (You’ll understand that comment by reading the last fact in the list.)
Simply put, here are 10 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Dreaming – Something to consider the next time you’re drifting off to sleep.
“Dreaming is one way that we can both explore and enjoy our time asleep. Given that we spend a total of 6 years dreaming during our lifetime, we might as well understand how dreams work. Here are a few facts you might not know about dreaming:
– You’ll start to forget your dream within five minutes of waking up. After ten minutes, 90% of the dream is forgotten.
– On that note, you’re less likely to remember your dream if your alarm wakes you up.
– The most common emotion suffered when dreaming is anxiety. Negative emotions trump positive ones.
– Despite what you may think, blind people dream. Those who went blind after birth still see images, while those born blind dream with their remaining senses.
– Lucid dreaming is the ability to control your dreams.
– Men and women dream differently. The characters in man’s dreams are often 70% male, while a female’s dreams have an equal balance of male and female figures.
– Although legend has it that you cannot die in your dreams, you actually can. Most people have reported death in dreams to be rather anti-climatic, though.
– A person only dreams about people he or she has encountered.
– Animals can also dream. Studies have shown that they have the same brain waves as humans when sleeping.
– Dreaming is important for your health. If you are constantly disturbed or woken up during your REM cycle of sleep, you may end up suffering from psychotic disorders.
Nod off to sleep in comfort now that you know a bit about how your dreams work.”
That’s the list…
Personally, I hope to get a better understanding of the one about only dreaming about people previously encountered. So often there are people in my dreams I can’t place. Fleeting images… shadowy figures… I know I dream about things I’ve never encountered, so why not people I’ve never encountered?
As for being constantly disturbed or woken up during REM sleep, well, let’s just say that explains a few things…!
Beyond that, getting back to “facts” – what you are missing are the images created for the article such as the one below. Catch the others by visiting the originating post!