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Top 10: Facts About Dreams

Posted on June 28, 2009 at 2:38 AM

Top 10 Amazing Facts About Dreams

10. Blind People Dream

People who become blind after birth can see images in theirdreams. People who are born blind do not see any images, but havedreams equally vivid involving their other senses of sound, smell,touch and emotion.It is hard for a seeing person to imagine, but the body?s need forsleep is so strong that it is able to handle virtually all physicalsituations to make it happen.

9. You Forget 90% of your Dreams

Within 5 minutes of waking, half of your dream if forgotten. Within10, 90% is gone.

8. Everybody Dreams

Every human being dreams (except in cases of extreme psychological disorder)but men and women have different dreams and different physicalreactions. Men tend to dream more about other men, while women tend todream equally about men and women. In addition, both men and women experience sexually related physical reactions to their dreams regardless of whether the dream is sexual in nature; males experience erections and females experience increased vaginal blood flow.

7. Dreams Prevent Psychosis

In a recent sleep study, students who were awakened at the beginningof each dream, but still allowed their 8 hours of sleep, all experienced difficulty in concentration, irritability, hallucinations,and signs of psychosis after only 3 days. When finally allowed their REM sleep the student?s brains made up for lost time by greatlyincreasing the percentage of sleep spent in the REM stage.

6. We Only Dream of What We Know

Our dreams are frequently full of strangers who play out certainparts ? did you know that your mind is not inventing those faces ? theyare real faces of real people that you have seen during your life butmay not know or remember? The evil killer in your latest dream may bethe guy who pumped petrol in to your Dad?s car when you were just alittle kid. We have all seen hundreds of thousands of faces through ourlives, so we have an endless supply of characters for our brain toutilize during our dreams.

5. Not Everyone Dreams in Color

A full 12% of sighted people dream exclusively in black and white.The remaining number dream in full color. People also tend to havecommon themes in dreams, which are situations relating to school, beingchased, running slowly in place, sexual experiences, falling, arrivingtoo late, a person now alive being dead, teeth falling out, flying,failing an examination, or a car accident. It is unknown whether the impact of a dream relating to violence or death is more emotionallycharged for a person who dreams in color than one who dreams in black and white.

4. Dreams are not about what they are about

If you dream about some particular subject it is not often that thedream is about that. Dreams speak in a deeply symbolic language. Theunconscious mind tries to compare your dream to something else, whichis similar. Its like writing a poem and saying that a group of antswere like machines that never stop. But you would never comparesomething to itself, for example: ?That beautiful sunset was like abeautiful sunset?. So whatever symbol your dream picks on it is mostunlikely to be a symbol for itself.

3. Quitters have more vivid dreams

People who have smoked cigarettes for a long time who stop, have reported much more vivid dreams than they would normally experience.Additionally, according to the Journal of Abnormal Psychology: ?Among293 smokers abstinent for between 1 and 4 weeks, 33% reported having atleast 1 dream about smoking. In most dreams, subjects caught themselvessmoking and felt strong negative emotions, such as panic and guilt.Dreams about smoking were the result of tobacco withdrawal, as 97% ofsubjects did not have them while smoking, and their occurrence wassignificantly related to the duration of abstinence. They were rated asmore vivid than the usual dreams and were as common as most major tobacco withdrawal symptoms.?

2. External Stimuli Invade our Dreams

This is called Dream Incorporation and it is the experiencethat most of us have had where a sound from reality is heard in ourdream and incorporated in some way. A similar (though less external)example would be when you are physically thirsty and your mindincorporates that feeling in to your dream. My own experienceof this includes repeatedly drinking a large glass of water in thedream which satisfies me, only to find the thirst returning shortlyafter ? this thirst? drink? thirst? loop often recurs until I wake upand have a real drink.

1. You are paralyzed while you sleep

Believe it or not, your body is virtually paralyzed during yoursleep ? most likely to prevent your body from acting out aspects ofyour dreams. According to the Wikipedia article on dreaming, ?Glands begin to secrete a hormone that helps induce sleep and neurons send signals to the spinal cord which cause the body to relax and later become essentially paralyzed.?



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