Dreams can tell us a lot about ourselves. As well as help us process the world around us in a different plane. But there is much more to dreams than just falling asleep. Here are ten mind-blowing facts about dreams.
We forget our dreams easily
Dreams are very forgettable. In fact, within 5 minutes of waking up, we forget over 50% of our dreams. And 10 minutes after we wake up, we forget our dreams almost entirely. So if you want to keep a dream journal, you will want to keep it right beside your bed. So you’re able to write everything down almost immediately after waking up. Some studies have indicated that when we remember a dream in real life, that is when deja vu occurs.
We can’t read or tell time while dreaming
If you’re unsure if you’re dreaming or its reality, try reading something – a vast majority of people are incapable of reading something in their dreams. Same goes for checking the clock if you look at it to tell time it will either be telling a different time always or won’t appear to be moving at all. Creepy isn’t it?
Pleasure in our sleep
It is not uncommon for people to have orgasms while they’re dreaming, especially during vivid dreams. Given the fact that we can, feel, and even have the sensation of touching in our dreams, it’s no surprise that there will be responses in the body to those sensations. Sometimes these dreams can result in wet dreams for males.
We dream a lot
On average, we have about 6-7 dreams per night. Of course, we are seldom able to remember all of them. In a single year, we can have anywhere between 1,200 – 2,200 dreams. That’s a lot to process in our dreams, and if we were to remember every dream we’ve ever had, we’d be overwhelmed.
We may get premonition from our dreams
There are some surprisingly impressive cases where people actually dreamt about things which happened to them later. You might say they got a glimpse of the future, or it may have just been a coincidence. Who knows exactly? In the end, it’s still just a dream.
We don’t dream of strangers
When you dream about other people, even people you don’t think you have ever met they all have faces that you have seen in real lives. Your brain isn’t capable of creating or visualizing a unique face, but instead, it takes inspiration from faces you have seen in your waking lives. So that creepy stranger you might see in your dream is actually someone you have already met.
Dreams have different perceptions
We tend to dream according to the understanding of life. This can cause a particular phenomenon in our deep sleep where we might not be able to dream in colour but instead, dream in black and white. Our perception of life can intertwine with our dreams, and outside forces can influence the course of our dreams while we sleep. As an example, a loud sound that is going off in the room where you are sleeping in may be portrayed as something else in your dream, but it will have the same sound. Think of the buzzer of an alarm clock in real-life and may be a bird or even an ambulance in your dreams.
Feelings exists in dreams – mostly negative
We tend to process our feelings in our dreams, and the most common emotion we experience in our dream is anxiety. Insecurities and fears are dominant in our dreams and take different forms to express itself, such as the fear of a cheating spouse or the embarrassment of showing up to work or school naked. This is probably why some of the most common dreams include being chased by an unknown assailant and falling.
What we see in our dreams tend to symbolize something else that we are trying to process. This is why there are lots of books have been written trying to explain certain things we see. As an example for this, if you see dirty water in your dream, it is believed that you might have a health issue that your body is trying to communicate to you. If you dream that you are pregnant and giving birth, it might not be as simple as that you’re going to have a baby, but instead, that you are in the process of creating a new idea.
Your pet may be dreaming of you
When you see your pet moving his leg like he’s chasing a cat or rabbit, he might be having the dream his body is responding to. Studies have shown that animals have similar brain waves to humans while they’re in their dream cycles, which indicates that your household pet may be dreaming about you dropping that steak or giving them that last piece of bacon.
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