Facts About Dreams
Dreams can be interesting, thrilling, scary, or even strange. Although there is no strong agreement about why we dream, researchers have learned a lot about what’s happening when we’re dreaming. Below are 10 fascinating facts you need to learn about your dream.
1. Everyone Dreams
For two hours, even those of us who pretend not to do so, adults and babies alike dream. Researchers have found that people usually have several dreams every night, each typically lasting between five and 20 minutes.
People spend an average of six years dreaming, during a normal lifetime.
2. You Forget Most of Your Dreams
95 per cent of all dreams are forgotten shortly after waking. One theory suggests that the changes in the brain that happen during sleep do not help the information processing and storage required to construct memory according to why dreams are so difficult to recall.
Brain scans from sleeping persons have shown that frontal lobes, an area that plays a major role in the formation of memory, are inactive during quick movement of the eye (REMs), the stage of dreaming.
3. Not every dream is coloured
While most people report a colour dream, a small portion of people claim to dream only in black and white. Soft pastel colours are the most often chosen ones when dreamers have been awakened and asked to choose colours from a chart matching their dreams.
4. Men and Women Dream Differently
In terms of the quality of their dreams, researchers have identified gaps between women and men. In several studies, men reported dreaming of weapons much more frequently than women, whereas women often dreamed of clothing references than men.
Another research has shown that the dreams of men appear to have more offensive material and health, while the dreams of women are more ignored and excluded and have more conversation than exercise.
Women appear to have somewhat more stereotypical visions. Among dream stories, men are dreaming about other men twice as often as they are about women, while women are often dreaming about both sexes.
5. Pets likely dream
Many people believe that a sleeping dog is dreaming when he pulls his tail or shifts his legs. Whilst it’s impossible to know with certainty if that is true, scientists agree that animals would possibly dream.
Like humans, animals undergo sleep periods, including REM and non-REM sleep cycles.
6. Your dreams can be controlled
A vivid dream is one where you realize you’re dreaming, while you sleep. Lucid dreaming is considered a blended state of both awareness and REM sleep, in which dream content can often be directed or controlled.
About half of all people can remember at least one instance of lucid dreaming, and some persons can often have lucid dreams.
7. More common are negative emotions
In over 40 years, Calvin S. Hall, a PhD professor, has compiled more than 50,000 college dream accounts. In the 1990s, student William Domhoff of Hall presented these reports to the public. The dream stories show that during dreams there are many emotions.
Anxiety and negative emotions, in general, were the more common emotions felt in dreams than positive emotions.
8. Blind People May Dream Visually
In a study of those who have been blind since their childhood, researchers have found that their dreams often tend to be visual imagery and eye movements associated with visual dreams.
Although their eye movements during the REM were less than the visually impaired participants, the blind participants reported the same feelings of dreams as the visual content.
9. During your dreams, you are paralyzed
REM sleep is characterized by passive muscle paralysis. It is known as REM atonia, meaning that prevents you from acting out your dreams while you’re asleep. The body does not move because motor neurons are not activated.
For certain cases, sometimes for as long as 10 minutes, a condition known as sleep paralysis, this paralysis may carry over into waking state.
When the experience is terrifying, experts advise that it is completely normal and will last just a few minutes before normal muscle function returns.
10. Numerous Dreams Are Universal
Although our personal experiences often greatly affect dreams, researchers have found that certain dream subjects are very common across various cultures.
For starters, people from all over the world often dream of chasing, hitting, or falling. Other common dreaming experiences include feeling frozen and unable to move, being late, walking, and being naked in public.