13 Interesting facts about dreams

Mael Duin

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http://www.tastyhuman.com/13-interesting-facts-about-dreams/

I have been writing my dreams up this summer. Really interesting stuff.
Dreaming is one of the most mysterious experiences in our lives. During the Roman Era, some dreams were submitted to the Roman Senate for analysis and dream interpretation. They were thought to be messages from the gods. Dream interpreters even accompanied military leaders into battles and campaigns! In addition we know, that many artists have received their creative ideas from their dreams. But what do we know about dreams? Here are 13 interesting facts for you.


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. Recurring Dreams

While the content of most dreams is dreamt only once, many people experience recurring dreams—that is, the same dream narrative is experienced over different occasions of sleep. Up to 70% of females and 65% of males report recurrent dreams.

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 night’s 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 our dreams. This means that sometimes, in our dreams, we hear a sound from reality and incorporate it in a way. For example you are 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 man’s dream are other men. On the other hand, a woman’s 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 déjà vu. The percentage of persons that believe precognitive dreaming is possible is even higher, ranging from 63% to 98%.

And for the end:

Dreams are illustrations… from the book your soul is writing about you. (Marsha Norman)
 

Raz1986

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LMAO! My Dog does this all the time, pretty scary when you have to wake a rottwieler up when he's growling and then he looks at you with red eyes lol, also some more pretty interesting facts
 
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interesting read that...thanks.

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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

before tlevision was invented was it colour or black and white? or maybe since there was only radio we dreamed sound only?
 

Demiant

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Yeah, pretty funny when you see your dog moving in his sleep... dreaming... his eyes rolled back and just moving all over, lol.
 

clean515

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I learnt to lucid dream some time ago and i'm really loving it. I remember a lot of my dreams when i wake up by using the techniques that i found.

Dogs we all know dream but sometimes the dreams can be a bit too hard on them.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2BgjH_CtIA"]YouTube - Bizkit the Sleep Walking Dog[/ame]
 

rykomatsu

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#11 is pretty awesome

if I want to try to incorporate something into my dream, deliberately, I usually have my computer playing a video on repeat all night with the volume turned up enough to be able to easily make out what's being played. Waking up and realizing that what you had on repeat all night was incorporated into your dream just mere minutes ago is pretty damn neat.
 
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I've been lucid dreaming for years now, so I have full control of what happens in mine which is cool.

Also #11 Dream Incorporation is right..I have had a number of dreams with the phone ringing or someone calling my name when it was actually happening IRL.
 
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[QUOTE="Staticneuron, post: 0]Call me crazy but I have had precog dreams many times in my life. When I get the sense of deja vu it is very strong.[/quote]

I often have precog dreams and strong cases of Dejavu.
 

Boxman

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#1 is wrong. I always remember my dreams. I even remember a few from when I was about 5! I also remember one from 2 years ago.

Why do we dream though? If anyone knows
Mabye it's the brains unconscious way of remembering past expierences?
 

Zoibie

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[QUOTE="Boxman, post: 0]#1 is wrong. I always remember my dreams. I even remember a few from when I was about 5! I also remember one from 2 years ago.



Mabye it's the brains unconscious way of remembering past expierences?[/quote]

That doesn't mean number 1 is wrong, that's obviously just part of the 10% you do remember
 

Ixion

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I had a dream when I was a kid that I was stuck in a mall with no doors and there was a big fight going on between Spider-man and Swamp Thing.

I wonder what it's meaning was. lol
 

Darkrain

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I love experiencing 'Lucid Dreams' however they are few and far in between.. I have been interested in learning how to induce them, but I dont seem to have the proper patience for it.. I cant fathom actually keeping a notebook next to my bed, and writing down my dreams every single night.. Ill likely do it for a couple nights and then forget about it..
 

desolationw

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[QUOTE="Zoibie, post: 0]That doesn't mean number 1 is wrong, that's obviously just part of the 10% you do remember[/quote]

Exactly, well said.

I was just about to say something similar. I believe we dream everytime we sleep, but for whatever reason a dream every so often will stick and we will remember it. It could be random, say you think you haven't dreamt in years and then you remember 3 in the same week or something.

Dreams are just one of the best things in life IMO. They are random, unexplainable things that i enjoy alot.

I know i have had conversations with mates which have started 'i had the weirdest dream last night . . . ' many many times but i cannot remember how these dreams ever went apart from a select few.

The best one i can remember went sort of like this. Me and all my friends were standing outside a shop in my local town, i turned around to speak to one of my friends and he was having a conversation with two celebs (i know they were a duo, don't remember who though) while constantly squirting one of them in the face with a water pistol. Then my friend wanted to smack the celeb he was squirting in the face just because the celeb had asked him to stop doing it.

Completely. Random. Brilliance.
 

Xelios

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Man, my dreams are ****ed up. I had one when I was rampaging in a town with a minigun, and deaths were in slowmotion. A lot of them are videogame related though. I'm assuming that had to do with me playing UT2004 with slomo kills on...though having that happen IRL would be totally ****ing metal. Mostly they're about rage and hate though.
 

LM-93

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My earliest dream i can remember.
Is the pixelated white version of 'Kuma' the bear from Tekken 2 came and ate all my family.
He was still a cartoon, but my mum nd dad we're like, real life humans.
And he did the move, where he picks you up, and knaws at your neck. And he killed EVERYONE like that.
Until i fought him, exactly in the format a Tekken 2 fight goes.
Although, i can't remember who won :-//

I know that is a useless and pathetic story, but i love telling it.

I also keep having a dream; i'm partying on top of some cliff with my friends, we just have a boombox playing music, and everyone has cans, the cliffs are sandy, sort of like the Grand Canyon, the colour scheme is very orange..
I always fall off the cliff..
And ALWAYS wake up panting about an inch before i hit the ground.
It really is scary.


And can someone explain the term "Lucid Dreaming"
and how i can implement this into my sleeping pattern?

(which currrently is ****ed, is 4:16 AM here, i haven't slept a wink)
 

Endless_Echo

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[QUOTE="Staticneuron, post: 0]Call me crazy but I have had precog dreams many times in my life. When I get the sense of deja vu it is very strong.[/quote]

I get the same thing, but instead of Deja Vu, I get crazy cases of Jaime Vu o_O
 
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[QUOTE="Treefrog, post: 0]I don't remember a darn thing, nothing at all. Cant recall my last dream, takes me hours to fall asleep, then I'm awake again, nothing in between.[/quote]

Yep me too. But I do dream, just rarely. I remember once I had the same dream I had like 4 years before. It was preetty crazy.

I also had one recently, that was hectic and seemed pretty damn long.
 

Bigdoggy

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I thought it was interesting until I started to read more towards the bottom, i thought to myself, "well, obviously this is a woman that wrote this". Then I look at the author on the link of the page that did this research and sure enough, a woman. lol She was doing really well until she started to talk about men dreams vs women dreams.