Though there are many theories out there about dreaming or why we exactly dream? what is its purpose?. But there is no definitive answer. Dreams have been fascinating researchers for years. Dreams can be beautiful, exciting, scary and sometimes just plain weird. In our dreams, we enter a world with no boundaries. We can explore all the possibilities in our dreams that may not be entirely possible in reality. The deepest stage of sleep is called REM or Rapid Eye Movement where dreams normally occur. According to research, if someone is woken up at this stage of sleep, that person can develop psychological problems like anxiety, irritability, aggression, and even eating disorders. Here are some other amazing facts about dreams.
1. Lucid Dreaming:
Lucid dreaming is basically a dream, during which the dreamer is aware that they are dreaming. The people that are able to lucid dream may gain some amount of control over the dream characters, narrative, and environment. Lucid dreaming may have come in the spotlight in recent years but it has been mentioned in many cultures in ancient times like in the ancient Greek writing. It is said, that the people who sufferers from nightmares could benefit from the ability of lucid dreaming. One can also learn how to lucid dream by using various techniques.
2. We Are Paralyzed When We Sleep:
During the REM stage of our sleep, which starts after 90 minutes of sleeping, our dreams are most intense and our mind is in its most active state. Our muscles become paralyzed at this stage as our glands start to release a hormone that helps induce sleep. Neurons send signals to the spinal cord that cause the body to relax and later become essentially paralyzed.
On the other hand Sleep, Paralysis happens when a person is aware of their surroundings but unable to move or speak, during waking up or falling asleep. When someone experiences sleep paralysis, they can hallucinate about their worst fears but it feels as real as it can get. Sleep paralysis lasts less than a couple of minutes. Around 8% to 50% of people experience sleep paralysis at some point and 5% of people experience regular episodes of sleep paralysis. During an episode, the sufferers show an overwhelming amygdala activity which is responsible for the emotions of fear, terror and anxiety, the “fight or flight” instinct.
3. Precognitive Dream:
A precognitive dream is a kind of dream that comes true in the future. It is also known as Déjà Rêvé and holds the ability to bring about the same sensations associated with Déjà Vu. Many people have claimed to have dreamt things that turned out to actually happen later. Several surveys have proved that between 18% and 38% of people have experienced at least one precognitive dream and 70% have practiced déjà vu. Examples of this phenomenon include Abraham Lincoln, who dreamt of his assassination, some victims of the 9/11 had dreamt of the horrific event warning them and there also have been 19 verified precognitive dreams about the Titanic.
4. You Can’t Read Or Tell Time While Dreaming:
Reportedly, we can not read or tell time while dreaming. The shapes or texts become vague or blurry. Many lucid dreamers have reported that the arms of the clock appear to be frozen and it will tell a different time. So if you are confused if you are dreaming or not, try to tell the time or read some texts. It is also said that when you are snoring, you are not dreaming.
5. We Forget Most Of Our Dreams:
Within 5 minutes of waking up half of our dreams is forgotten and within 10 minutes 90% is gone. This happens because of the changes in the brain that happen during sleep do not support the information processing and storage needed for memory formation to take place. Although if you are awakened out of REM sleep, you are more likely to remember your dream in a more vivid way than you would if you woke from a night of full night sleep.
6. Dream Incorporation:
Dream incorporation is a phenomenon that happens when an actual sensation, such as environmental sounds, is incorporated into dreams. As an example, You might hear a phone ringing in a dream while it is ringing in reality or dreaming of urination while wetting the bed or you might be dreaming about being in a concert while someone around is playing the guitar. The mind will awake an individual if they are in danger or if trained to respond to certain sounds, such as a baby crying.
7. An Average Human Spends 6 Hours Dreaming:
An average human being spent 6 hours dreaming. Considering the age of 75 years and daily 8 hours of sleep, a human being spends about 25 years sleeping. Toddlers start dreaming about themselves around the age of 3. From the same age until age 7 or 8, children typically have many more nightmares than adults.
8. Dreams and inventions:
When we sleep our subconscious mind takes over. Our subconscious mind is very powerful it absorbs data while we are awake and processes it while we are asleep that can create strange dreams about the problem we have, helping us develop creative solutions. Over the years inventors, musicians, scientists, writers, and artists have discovered and invented many things inspired by their dreams. Some of the biggest inventions include the discovery of evolution, the sewing machine, the theory of relativity and DNA and the movie Inception.
9. Everyone Dreams:
Everyone dreams except in cases of extreme psychological disorder. If you think you are not dreaming, you just forget your dreams like most of the people. Even animals dreams, studies have shown that animals have same brain waves during dreaming sleep as humans. If you watch a dog or a cat sleeping sometimes you would notice your dog or cat moving their limbs or wiggling their tail. Visually impaired people also dreams, they don’t see any visuals but have dreams equally vivid involving their other senses of sound, smell, touch, and emotion. People who became visually impaired after birth can see images in their dreams.
Also, not everybody dreams in colors. While most of us have colored dreams, researches show that a full 12% of sighted people dream exclusively in black and white. According to some studies, the majority of dreams were in black and white from 1915 through to the 1950s. These results began to change in the 1960s. Presently, only 4.4% of under-25 year-olds dreams in black and white. This is said to be a result of switching from black-and-white film and TV to color media.
10. Dreams Are Symbolic:
While many people believe dreams do not necessarily mean anything but if you dream about some particular subject it is not often that the dream is about that. Dreams speak in a deeply symbolic language. The symbol that your dream picks on it is most unlikely to be a representative for itself. Dreams are connected to reality and if you are able to convey those messages, it might help you solve some of your problems.
Also, in our dreams, we only see those faces that we already know. We see hundreds of thousands of faces throughout our lives, we might don’t remember all of them but our subconscious mind surely does. The most common emotions in our dreams are anxiety. Thus dreams are more negative than positive. Men and women also dream differently. While men tend to dream more about other men, around 70% and also, their dreams tend to be more aggressive. Women’s dream includes almost an equal number of both genders.