Most Interesting Facts About Dreams

Amazing Facts About Dreams

  • You can't read while dreaming, or tell the time.
    If you are unsure whether you are dreaming or not, try reading something. The vast majority of people are incapable of reading in their dreams. The same goes for clocks; each time you look at clock it will tell a different time and the hands on the clock won't appear to be moving as reported by lucid dreamers.
  • Dream Tenure
    An average human being spends 6 whole years of his/her life dreaming.
  • Women experience more nightmares than men.
    A study by Psychologist Jennie Parker of the University of the West of England found that women experience more nightmares than men. Women not only reported more nightmares, but they also reported their nightmares as more emotionally intense.
  • Spicy foods may make you remember more dreams and nightmares.
    "The meal makes it more likely you're going to wake up during sleep," says Mahowald.
    "The heavy meal has nothing to do with dream generation. It has to do with dream recall." In order to recall a dream, you have to be awake, at least for a few minutes.
    "Our brain isn't able to convert from short-term to long-term memory while we're asleep," says Psychologist Lisa Medalie, a behavioral sleep specialist at the University of Chicago.
  • A person has about 1,460 dreams a year.
    An average person has bout 1,460 dreams a year. That's about four dreams per night.
    Human beings spend roughly around 6 years of their lifetime dreaming.
  • Warning Dreams
    Dreams are symbolic in nature. Strange dreams can give you clues as to what's going on in you waking life. Dreaming of something, such as dirty water, can possibly signify a dormant health issue.
  • Increased Brain Activity
    You would associate sleeping with peace and quiet, but actually our brains are more active during sleep than during the day.
  • Never Avoid Sleep
    If you avoid your sleep for more than 10 days, you will die.
  • Familiarity
    You might not remember the person in your dream. However, a person only dreams of people he/she has encountered in life but it's impossible to keep track of thousands of faces that you come across each day.
  • Eyes Don't Matter
    Blind people who were not born blind see images in their dreams but people who were born blind don't see anything at all. They still dream, and their dreams are just as intense and interesting, but they involve the other senses beside sight.
  • Dreams are for everyone
    There is not one person who doesn't dream, except those who have psychological disorders. Many people claim that they don't dream at all, but that's not true, we all dream. If you think you don't dream, it's just that you're forgetting your dreams.
  • Duration of Dreams
    Dreams last a certain amount of time depending on what part of the night you are sleeping. Shorter dreams take place after you first fall asleep. You dream for up to 45 minutes the closer you are to waking.
  • Strangers in your Dreams
    It is proven that in dreams we can only see faces that we have seen in real life before.
  • Dreams about falling
    Dreams about falling happen at the beginning of the night. This sleep cycle is known as Stage-1 sleep. Dreamers sometimes dream about falling when they wake up with a sudden "Jerking" motion. Other times, falling tends to refer to someone who feels out of control in their waking life.
  • Nightmares
    Anxiety is the most common that is experienced in dreams. Not only that, negative emotions are much more likely to occur than positive emotions in your dreams. So don't worry, you are not the only one getting nightmares frequently.
  • Multiple dreams per night
    You can have up to seven different dreams per night depending on how many REM cycles you have. We only dream during the REM period of sleep, and the average person dreams one to two hours every night.

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