15 Fascinating Facts About Dreams [Pic]

Submitted by: ElectricEye 3 years ago in Science

1. You Forget 90% of Your Dreams

Within 5 minutes of waking half of your dream is forgotten. Within 10, 90% is gone.

2. Blind People also Dream

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.

3. Everybody Dreams

Every human being dreams(except in cases of extreme psychological disorder). If you think you are not dreaming you just forget your dreams.

4. In Our Dreams We Only See Faces That We already Know

Our mind is not inventing faces in our dreams we see real faces of real people that we have seen during our life but may not know or remember. We have all seen hundreds of thousands of faces throughout our lives, so we have an endless supply of characters for our brain to utilize during our dreams.

5. Not Everybody Dreams in Color

A full 12% of sighted people dream exclusively in black and white. The remaining number dream in full color. Studies from 1915 through to the 1950s maintained that the majority of dreams were in black and white, but these results began to change in the 1960s. Today only 4.4% of the dreams of under-25 year-olds are in black and white. Recent research has suggested that those changing results may be linked to the switch from black-and-white film and TV to color media.

6. Dreams are Symbolic

If you dream about some particular subject it is not often that the dream is about that. Dreams speak in a deeply symbolic language. Whatever symbol your dream picks on it is most unlikely to be a symbol for itself.

7. Emotions

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

8. You can have four to seven dreams in one night.

On average you can dream anywhere from one or two hours every night.

9. Animals Dream Too

Studies have been done on many different animals, and they all show the same brain waves during dreaming sleep as humans. Watch a dog sleeping sometime. The paws move like they are running and they make yipping sounds as if they are chasing something in a dream.

10. Body Paralysis

Rapid eye movement (REM) sleep is a normal stage of sleep characterized by rapid movements of the eyes.REM sleep in adult humans typically occupies 20-25% of total sleep, about 90-120 minutes of a nights sleep. During REM sleep the body is paralyzed by a mechanism in the brain in order to prevent the movements which occur in the dream from causing the physical body to move. However, it is possible for this mechanism to be triggered before, during, or after normal sleep while the brain awakens.

11. Dream Incorporation

Our mind interprets the external stimuli that our senses are bombarded with when we are asleep and make them a part of ourdreams. This means that sometimes in our dreams we hear a sound from reality and incorporate it in a way. For example you may be dreaming that you are in a concert while your brother is playing a guitar during your sleep.

12. Men and Women Dream Differently

Men tend to dream more about other men. Around 70% of the characters in a mans dream are other men. On the other hand, a womans dream contains almost an equal number of men and women. Aside from that, men generally have more aggressive emotions in their dreams than the female lot.

13. Precognitive Dreams

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 dj vu. The percentage of persons that believe precognitive dreaming is possible is even higher ranging from 63% to 98%.

14. If you are snoring, then you cannot be dreaming.

15.You can experience an orgasm in your dream

You can not only have sex as pleasurable as in your real life while dreaming, but also experience an orgasm as strong as a real one without any wet results. The sensations felt while lucid dreaming (touch, pleasure and etc..) can be as pleasurable and strong as the sensations experienced in the real world.

A full 12% of sighted people dream exclusively in black and white. The remaining number dream in full color.
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There are 15 comments:
Female 2,415
I had a dream where I was in a big white room with a puppy in a shopping cart when my alarm went off ... but in my dream the dog turned and started barking at the noise and THEN I woke up; dream incorporation :)
I have had precognitive dreams; what`s frustrating about them is that anything I`ve ever dreamt that turned out to happen later has never, ever, ever been anything important! Stupid stuff, like I`ll dream about being in a room I`ve never seen with specific people, someone turns to face me ... and that`s it. Very annoying to precog about stuff that`s not freaking important!!
Male 958
True Story

Once when I was in 10th grade, I knew this girl who sat across from me, Being the seating arrangement was in a U fashion. She was infront of me allot and I never thought about her much till it happened..

One night, I dreamed about her; a dream unlike anything i`ve ever experienced. It wasn`t a wet dream. But in the dream with her we made out in such a passion that it felt real. It felt actually real like if I could just feel it again to rekindle the sensation. We dream drated too but I don`t remember enough to say 100%.

I try regularly nightly now to go lucid and it works for me. I have all sorts of revisits to certain landscapes and labyrinthy style maps..ill call them. All I ever do is take trains, go up and down endless stair cases and walk through crowded areas where people are there in a feeling but not actually SEEN. I`ve see horrific things from movies. Only once was I scared as drat in one of them and it was one hell of a ride. Anyway yea
Male 91
Number 1 is not true for me. I have remembered very long and vivid dreams that I can still recall today. I have also had precognitive dreams and sleep paralysis before. But only a handful of times each.
Male 156
Hehehe, dreams predict the future, and that`s a fact? Yeah, facts are awesome. Especially with no sources :D
Female 4,086
i think its unlikely that you cannot dream while snoring. i am a terrible snorer, i even wake myself up sometimes, and i dream vividly each time i sleep.
Male 554
not science... this post is invalid
Male 1,106
These all seemed to be at least loosely based on scientific discovery, except for the "dreams are symbolic" b.s. Where did that come in all of this?
Female 283
how depressing it would be to wake up blind after dreaming of visions.
Male 987
This is yet another one of those times when "facts" should be surrounded by quotation marks.
Male 3,745
13 and 15.

i HATE 13 and LOVE 15.
Male 625
"Rapid eye movement (REM) sleep is a normal stage of sleep characterized by rapid movements of the eyes."

You don`t say?
Male 7,774
The notion that you only dream of people you have seen is impossible to prove one way or the other.
Male 3,621
Rose - "Do you not what Freud said about dreams of flying? It means you`re really dreaming about having sex."

Dream - "Indeed? Tell me, then, what does it mean when you dream about having sex?"

The Sandman #15 "Into the Night" by Neil Gaiman.
Male 2,100
dj vu
Male 2,729
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