Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Strange But True Facts About Dreams

Here are some strange and weird facts about dreams and what dreams mean!

Within 5 minutes of waking half of your dreams are forgotten. Within 10, 90% are gone.

People who stay up late at night are more likely to have nightmares.

You cannot snore and dream at the same time.

People who became blind after birth can see images in their dreams. People who are born blind do not see any images, but have dreams equally vivid involving their other senses of sound, smell, touch and emotion.

In dreams you only see faces which you've seen before.

While some people dream in black and white, instead of color, the number is diminishing among young people. Researchers  think it may be because of the switch from black and white to color TV.

The most common emotion experienced in dreams is anxiety. Negative emotions are more common than positive ones.

 Adults dream off and on, for a total of about an hour and half to three hours every night.

On average, people dream 1-2 hours a night, 4-7 dreams.

Animals can dream too.  When your dog's asleep and moving his paws, etc. He is indeed dreaming!

Sometimes in our dreams we hear a sound from reality and incorporate it into the dream.

The longest dreams occur in the morning hours.

During REM sleep, the flow of blood to the brain increases, as does the brain’s temperature. Additionally, both the penis and the clitoris in women become erect.

Dreams of losing teeth or having teeth extracted can signify many things, including fears of helplessness or of some sort of loss in one’s life. Women experience more teeth dreams than men.

 Dreams of dirty water may signal that the unconscious mind is telling the dreamer he or she is not healthy.

 Results of several surveys across large population sets indicate that between 18% and 38% of people have experienced at least one precognitive dream and 70% have experienced deja vu.

An alien in a dream may indicate that the dreamer is experiencing difficulty adjusting to new conditions or a new environment.

Cakes in dreams can signify a time to rejoice at one’s accomplishments

Being in a cemetery during a dream may indicate sadness or unresolved grief. It may also represent one’s “dead” past.

 Chocolate in a dream may symbolize that the dreamer feels the need to be rewarded and deserves special treatment. It could also mean that the dreamer has been indulging in too many excesses and needs to practice restraint.

 Standing on a cliff in a dream can represent that one has a broad view of something or that the dreamer feels like he or she is living on the edge or is afraid of failure.

Large bodies of water often symbolize the unconscious, so dreams of drowning may indicate being overwhelmed by unconscious, repressed issues.

 Feet in dreams can symbolize everything from sex to humiliation. They can also represent mobility, freedom, or a foundation.

 A house in a dream is often a symbol of our body, so a mansion in a dream can represent a “rich” or even exaggerated sense of self. A mansion might also represent our future potential.

 Being naked in a dream suggests exposure of self to others, vulnerability, or feeling ashamed. Alternatively, it can also represent a desire for freedom or being unencumbered.

Falling dreams typically occur at the beginning of the night, in Stage I sleep. These dreams are often accompanied by muscle spasms, called myoclonic jerks, and are common in many mammals.

Vitamin B complex (B6) and St. John’s Wort have been shown to produce more vivid dreams.

 Flying dreams are found around the world and have existed since ancient times, even before the invention of airplanes.

 The memory-recording processes of the brain seems to switch off during sleep. In so-called non-dreamers, this memory shutdown is more complete than it is for the rest. Dreams may be forgotten because they are incoherent or because they contain repressed material that the conscious mind does not wish to remember.

 Nicotine patches and even melatonin (an over-the-counter sleep aid) are reported to increase the vividness of dreams and nightmares. The nicotine patch in particular is said to intensify dreams.

Sufferers of epilepsy can have extremely vivid and disturbing nightmares that immediately precede seizures during the night.

 Studies show that children have more animal dreams than adults. The animal figures that occurred most frequently are dogs, horses, cats, snakes, bears, lions, and mythical creatures or monsters.

 Childhood dreams are shorter than adult dreams and nearly 40% of them are nightmares, which may act as a coping mechanism.

 The quality of dreams depends, at least in part, on the stage of sleep in which the dreams occur. Dreams during REM tend to be more bizarre and detailed and have story line. Dreams in stages 1 and 2 of sleep are simpler and shorter. Deep-sleep dreams tend to be diffused and may be about nothing more than a color or emotion

 Men’s dreams are more often set outdoors, are more action oriented, and involve strangers more often than women’s dreams do. Women’s dreams usually happen indoors and involve emotional encounters with people they know and care about. Men are more likely than women to dream about aggression, misfortune, and negative emotions such as fear, anger, anxiety, or disgust. Women’s dreams are more often friendly and positive.

The brain waves that occur during REM and non-REM sleep are found in mammals, birds, and reptiles, but not in amphibians and fish.

Chronic smokers who suddenly quit report more vivid dreams than they had when they smoked

 When deprived of dreams, individuals become irritable and disoriented, hallucinate, and show signs of psychosis.

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