Facts About Dreams
Dreams are one of the most interesting topics about how the human brain works. They can be very fun, scary and exciting in any version of it. As years go by, researchers have found a lot of interesting things about our dreams and find out what they are. Here are top 10 facts about dreams.
Everybody dreams – men and women, young and old, rich and poor. Each one does it. Although there are those that claim that they don’t dream, they actually do. Chances are they just don’t remember what it was about. Only those with psychological disorders do not dream. Researchers have found out that people usually have various and even several dreams in one night and that we spend six years dreaming, in a typical lifetime!
You Forget Most of your Dreams
This happens a lot for most people; they forget what their dreams were about. Ninety five percent of all dreams are always forgotten shortly after the person has woken up. A lot of scientists have tried to answer why this is happening. One theory that came out was that the changes that take place in the brain while the individual is sleeping do not support the memory formation that needs to happen so that one can remember his or her dreams. Studies have also shown that the frontal lobes are inactive during REM sleep, wherein dreams usually occur. They are responsible for this memory formation.
Not All Dreams Are In Color
You may not notice this but not all dreams are in color, some are in black and white. There are a small percentage of people who claim that they really do dream in black and white. Experiments have done to verify this. Some people, upon waking up, were asked to choose from a set of colors from chart that matched those that were in their dreams. The answers of the respondents were mostly colors that belong in the soft pastel choices.
Men and Women Dream Differently
Dreams are also very different between women and men. Researchers have found out that there are actually a number of differences between the two. Thus, studies were done to confirm this. Results showed that there were men who reported more instances of aggression during their dreams compared to women. Women also tend to have slight longer dreams than men and these dreams feature more characters. Men are more likely to dream about other men twice as much as women dream about other women.
Animals Also Dream
If you have ever seen your dog in a deep sleep and notice that his legs are moving, then your dog is probably dreaming. Although this can’t be verified, most scientists believe that this is possible. Animals, especially orangutans, are similar to humans; they also undergo REM sleep and we all know that this is the stage that dreams occur. A study was done with a gorilla wherein the results indicated that animals can possibly dream.
You Can Control Your Dreams
This can be possible when you are in a state of Lucid Dreaming. This kind of dreaming is when a person is aware of what he or she dreams of while still asleep. This is usually the time wherein you can control your dreams. You can direct the happening to what you want to see. There are some people who can remember experiencing lucid dreaming while there are others who practice to have it as much as possible.
More Bad than Good in Dreams
Many people can attest to this fact that states that negative or bad emotions are more common in dreams than the positive and good ones. A study done by researcher Calvin S. Hall among thousands and thousands of college students verified this theory. The results show that fear and anxiety among all the negative feelings were common in the dream reports of the students than happiness and joy. Further studies state that these dreams depend on the real emotions of the dreamer, whether that person is feeling happy or not, it then reflects on his or her dreams.
Blind People Can Dream Too
Even though blind people have lost their eyesight even in a younger age than some, they still have the ability to dream. They may have not see the physical environment in the same way that the non-blind people can, their dreams are just as complex and vivid. They are not blind in their dreams. However, dreams of the individuals are not the visual ones but more of the smell, sound and feel of things.
You are Paralyzed
While in deep sleep, your body is paralyzed. This is because when our dreams occur during an REM sleep, our voluntary muscles are put into paralysis. This is to prevent you from acting out your dreams. Simply put, out motor neurons are not stimulated, and thus our body does not move at all.
Dreams are Universal
Even though dreams are influenced by personal emotions and experiences, scientists have known that dreams can be universal. Meaning some people are dreaming the same dream as yours, just not exactly the same. For example, some people from around the world dream about being chased or falling or being attacked. Other common dreams also include school events, flying or being naked in public. It is also a known fact that sometimes, these dreams mean something and can be interpreted.
These are just ten of the hundreds or maybe thousand interesting facts about dreams. Some of these are already common to many people, but some can be classified as new information. It is always good to know about what is happening to our mind so that we will also know how to deal with them. The next time you dream, maybe you can even put some of these facts into action like taking note if you’re dreaming in black in white or maybe even learn how to do the lucid dreaming.