Dreaming is one of the most interesting experiences, but dreaming is something very mysterious. During the era of the Roman Empire dreams were even submitted to the senators for analysis and interpretation. At the time they were thought to be messages from the gods, the people who interpreted dreams accompanied the leaders in their battles and campaigns. On top of that, we know that many artists take their inspiration in their dreams. But what do we really know about dreams? Immerse yourself in the world of dreams for a dreamlike bath with 15 interesting and truthful facts about dreams.
1. We forget 90% of our dreams
According to a study in 5 minutes of walking after waking one forgets half of his dream and in 10 minutes 90% of our dream memories have disappeared.
2. The blind also dream!
People who have become blind after birth can see images in their dreams. People who are blind from birth do not see any image but make equally rich dreams involving other senses such as hearing, smell, and touch, but also emotions.
3. Everyone dreams!
Every human has dreams (except in case of major psychological problems). If you think you are not dreaming it’s just that you do not remember your dreams.
4. In our dreams, we only see faces that we have already seen
Our mind does not invent faces, in our dreams we see existing faces of real people that we have seen in our lives even without remembering them. We see hundreds of thousands of faces during our brain life so have an unlimited amount of characters to use for our dreams.
5. Not everybody dreams in color!
12% of people dream exclusively in black and bench. A study carried out since 1915 showed that the majority of dreams were black and white before the 50s and that they became more and more color from the 60s, this would be linked to the appearance of films and color TV.
6. Dreams are symbolic
If you dream of a specific subject, know that dreams speak a language full of symbols that are complex and difficult to understand. To learn more, get a dictionary about dream symbols.
7. Emotions …
The most lived emotion in dreams is anxiety, and negative emotions are more common than positive ones.
8. We can make between 4 and 7 dreams in one night!
On average you can dream between 1 and 2 hours per night.
9. Animals dream!
Studies have been done on different animals, and all have shown the same cerebral waves characteristic of dreams found in humans. If you watch a dog sleep, it can move its paws and make small noises as if barking in his dream.
10. Physical paralysis
Rapid eye movements (REM “rapid eyes movement”) are involved in a phase of sleep characterized by eye movements. This phase usually occupies 20 to 25% of an adult’s sleep. During this phase the body is paralyzed by a cerebral mechanism to prevent movements that might occur in dreams, however, this mechanism deactivates itself when the brain awakens.
11. Dream Incorporation
Our mind interprets the external stimuli that our senses perceive during our sleep and incorporates them into our dreams. This means that we can hear a sound coming from reality and that our brain assimilates it in its own way in the dream we are making.
12. Men and women do not dream the same way!
Men tend to dream more than other men. Indeed about 70% of the characters present in the dreams of men are other men. Women dream of equal proportions of female and male characters. Besides that, men often experience more aggressive emotions in their dreams than women.
13. Prescient Dreams
The results of several surveys carried out on a large population revealed that 18 to 38% of those surveyed think that they have at least once had a premonitory dream and 70% have felt a sense of déjà vu. The percentage of people who believe in the veracity of premonitory dreams ranges from 63 to 98%.
14. If you snore, then you do not dream!
This fact would be established but it is difficult to find a scientific study has proved this phenomenon.
15. You can have an orgasm while you dream!
You can have an orgasm as strong as in reality during your dreams. The sensations felt while you are dreaming can be as intense, and pleasure as important as the sensations felt in the real world.