10 Surprising Facts About Dreams
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10 Surprising Facts About Dreams

Redwood City : CA : USA | Sep 21, 2011 at 10:27 PM PDT
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REM THE DREAM CYCLE

1.) We Spend Approximately Two Hours Dreaming Each Night

Even though your dreams may feel like they last for hours and hours, we only really spend almost two hours dreaming each night. That means a person spends a total of nearly six years dreaming throughout their lifetime. There are four phases of the sleep cycle and the final phase, called REM sleep, is where practically all dreaming occurs. Each sleep cycle lasts approximately 60 to 90 minutes and will repeat throughout the night.

2.) The Most Common Dreams Include Falling, Being Chased, School, Cheating, And Your Teeth Falling Out

Because anxiety is the most common emotion experienced in dreams, it’s not surprising that the most common dreams have unpleasant content that would bring about anxiety. Many people dream of falling, which is often correlated to something in your life that is going in the wrong direction. In addition, dreams of being chased are very common and are linked to avoidance. People report dreams about their teeth falling out, which are related to your words and communication. Also frequently reported are recurring dreams of a person’s spouse cheating on them, which often has more to do with being “cheated” out of quality time with your spouse than infidelity. Finally, dreams of being in school are common for adults at any age, which has been associated with work and the pressures of your job.

3.) Almost 75% Of The Content In Dreams Is Unpleasant

According to research, approximately 75% of dreams contain unpleasant content. Although the emotions experienced in dreams vary from anger, joy, fear, and happiness, anxiety is the most common emotion in dreams. Moreover, negative emotions are more common than positive ones.

4.) Dreaming Helps Alleviate Stress

Dreaming helps us make sense of the information and events that occur in our lives. Dreams play an important part in processing and memorizing information that we absorb daily. Furthermore, these subconscious thoughts help alleviate stress and even solve problems. It’s very possible to work through real-life problems while dreaming at night. In addition, they provide a lot of important content and meaning that can be used to inspire and direct our lives during the day.

5.) 5 To 10% of Adults Have Nightmares Each Month

Nightmares are most common in children from the ages of 3 or 4 to 7 or 8. Although adults have fewer nightmares overall, they do take place once in a while. According to the International Association for the Study of Dreams, nearly 5 to 10% of adults have nightmares monthly or more often. There are several reasons adults may experience nightmares, like medications or withdrawal from drugs, in addition to physical conditions, such as stress and illness. Others experience nightmares following a traumatic incident that becomes a recurring theme. Nevertheless, some adults have frequent nightmares that are unrelated to their everyday lives, which may signify that they are more creative, sensitive, and emotional than the average person.

6.) The Average Person Has Almost Three To Five Dreams Each Night

The average person has approximately three to five dreams each night. Some people can have as many as seven or more dreams in one night. Typically, we spend nearly two hours dreaming during a full eight hours of sleep. Shorter dreams occur at the start of the sleep cycle and tend to last longer throughout the remainder of the night.

7.) Although Everybody Dreams, Not Everybody Remembers Their Dreams

Everybody dreams. However, not everybody recalls their dreams. The most vivid dreams happen during Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep when the brain is extremely active and the eyes move back and forth quickly underneath the eyelids. Although dream recall varies from person to person, some people have little or no recollection of the content of their dreams. Because 90% of dreams are forgotten following the first 10 minutes of waking up, the content of the dream needs to be recorded right away. Have a pen and paper by your bedside and try to write down as much information as possible to find the meaning behind your dreams.

8.) Although Blind People Do Not See Visual Images In Their Dreams, Their Other Senses Are Heightened

Most blind people do not see images in their dreams. Nevertheless, they do experience a heightened level of taste, touch, hearing, and smell in their dreams. Although people with normal vision experience intensely visual dreams, they have decreased auditory stimulation and the other senses are, for the most part, absent. Researchers have found that people who went blind before the age of five rarely saw images in their dreams. However, people who lost their sight after the age of five may continue to see images in their dreams.

9.) Almost 90% Of The Content In Dreams Is Forgotten After 10 Minutes Of Waking Up

Only five minutes after the end of a dream, you are likely to forget half of the content. At 10 minutes, approximately 90% of the content has been forgotten. It’s not that dreams aren’t important enough to remember, but other things tend to get in the way. As forward thinkers, we often forget things when we first wake up and carry on with our days. Freud thought that dreams were repressed thoughts and desires that were unnecessary to remember. Nevertheless, dream researcher L. Strumpell reasoned that we forget dreams for a number of reasons, like dream images that lack intensity, in addition to little association and repetition to help us learn and remember.

10.) Animals Have Dreams As Well

Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology found that animals do, in fact, dream and their subconscious thoughts are connected to real experiences. Animals’ dreams are complex and they are capable of retaining long sequences of events while asleep. Animals’ brains share the same series of sleeping states as human beings, in addition to replaying events or parts of events that occurred while awake. Analyzing animals’ dreams and the content of their dream states may help scientists more effectively treat memory disorders and develop new ways for people to learn and retain information.

Source: OnlineDegreesHub.com

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Stephanie Sklar is based in Silver Spring, Maryland, United States of America, and is an Anchor for Allvoices.
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