Everybody Dreams

Adults and babies alike dream for around two hours per night—even those of us who claim not to. 

Researchers have found that people usually have several dreams each night, each one typically lasting for between five to 20 minutes.

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Many think that when a sleeping dog wags its tail or moves its legs, it is dreaming. While it's hard to say for sure whether this is truly the case, researchers believe that it's likely that animals do indeed dream

While dreams are often heavily influenced by our personal experiences, researchers have found that certain dream themes are very common across different cultures. 

For example, people from all over the world frequently dream about being chased, being attacked, or falling. Other common dream experiences include feeling frozen and unable to move, arriving late, flying, and being naked in public.

REM sleep is characterized by paralysis of the voluntary muscles. The phenomenon is known as REM atonia and prevents you from acting out your dreams while you're asleep. Basically, because motor neurons are not stimulated, your body does not move.

In some cases, this paralysis can even carry over into the waking state for as long as 10 minutes, a condition known as sleep paralysis.

  • In several studies, men reported dreaming about weapons significantly more often than women did, while women dreamed about references to clothing more often than men.
  • Another study showed that men's dreams tend to have more aggressive content and physical activity, while women's dreams contain more rejection and exclusion, as well as more conversation than physical activity.
  • Women tend to have slightly longer dreams that feature more characters.

In one study of people who have been blind since birth, researchers found that they still seemed to experience visual imagery in their dreams, and they also had eye movements that correlated to visual dream recall.

A lucid dream is one in which you are aware that you are dreaming even though you're still asleep. 

Lucid dreaming is thought to be a combination state of both consciousness and REM sleep, during which you can often direct or control the dream content.

While most people report dreaming in color, there is a small percentage of people who claim to only dream in black and white. 

In studies where dreamers have been awakened and asked to select colors from a chart that match those in their dreams, soft pastel colors are those most frequently chosen.

You Forget Most of Your Dreams

According to one theory about why dreams so difficult to remember, the changes in the brain that occur during sleep do not support the information processing and storage needed for memory formation to take place.

The most common emotion experienced in dreams are anxiety, and negative emotions, and in general, are much more common than positive ones.

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  1. You forget 90% of your dreams.
  2. Your dreams are like a mirror. They reflect your innermost feelings about the world and the people around you.
  3. Psychology says, when a person appears in your dreams, they want to see you.
  4. 70% of our dreams contain secrets.
  5. There is about a 52% chance that your dream come true.
  6. People with higher IQ levels dream more than an average.
  7. A study found that before finding a man of her dreams, the average woman will experience four disaster dates and two heartbreaks.

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Nightmares

Nightmares are broadly defined as frightening dreams that result in some degree of awakening from sleep. 

Nightmares themselves contribute to disrupted sleep not only by waking the sleeper but also because they can lead to fear of falling asleep and returning to a disturbing dream. According to research, nightmares may contribute to insomnia, daytime fatigue, depression, and anxiety.

Why We Dream What We Dream

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Talking about dreams

People are compelled to talk about dreams. It is a natural impulse because dreams are emotional, affect moods, feel profound. 

What is unusual is that we live in a culture where we’re expected to forget our dreams. We have this cliche that it is boring to talk about dreams.

'When we dream, we have the perfect chemical canvas for intense visions'

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