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It’s something we all do, but there’s still quite a bit of mystery surrounding what exactly goes on after we drift into dreamland. These facts about dreams should give some clarity that would shift your perspective about the scenes you see during slumber.
1. Most People CAN’T Read In Their Dreams
If you’re ever not sure if you’re awake or dreaming, try reading something. The majority of people are NOT able to read things when they’re dreaming.
2. Infidelity Is a Common Dream Theme
Have you been worried that your significant other might be acting unfaithfully, but all you have to go on is a recurring dream where he or she is cheating? Fear not. There are actually several dream themes that may involve a romantic partner.
For example: you may be married to a current boyfriend or girlfriend, or dating a friend. In terms of the infidelity dream though, it usually doesn’t mean there’s cheating going on. More frequently, it indicates the two of you aren’t seeing eye to eye.
3. Dreaming May Help You Learn
Harvard scientists discovered that dreams could improve cognitive function. When people dream, the brain re-organizes material it has recently learned, which could improve memory and performance upon waking.
4. You Could Have as Many as 100,000 Dreams in Your Life
Even if you can’t remember anything more than bits and pieces of a single dream upon getting out of bed, you may have had dozens of dreams on a given night. People have an estimated 100,000 dreams in their lifetime, and they range in length from about five minutes to an hour.
5. Facts About Dreams: They’re More Routine Than They Seem
After you wake up from a dream, your head may feel like it’s in a chaotic haze. But you may be surprised to discover dreams happen sequentially every 90 minutes with each one longer than the last.
6. There’s a Sacred Object Thought to Protect Against Nightmares
Bad dreams aren’t fun; that’s why the Native Americans took steps to supposedly protect people from having nightmares. You’ve probably seen intricately woven, hoop-like objects called dream catchers, but merely admired them for their delicate beauty. In Native American culture, a dream catcher is a sacred nightmare preventative.
7. Most Dreams Are Quickly Forgotten
When people are awakened from dreams during the REM phase of sleep, they’re more likely to recall their dreams. However, in many cases, 90 percent of dreams are forgotten within 10 minutes of waking.
8. Your Career Could Affect How Much You Dream
If you work in the medical profession or otherwise have a career that requires frequent demanding shifts that change a lot, you may not dream as much as your peers. That’s because, as mentioned in a previous fact, our dreams happen in cycles, and you need to be asleep for consistent amounts of time before they occur.
9. Facts About Dreams: Pets Appear to Dream, Too!
Scientists have conducted studies that suggest animals enter dream states like humans. More specifically, it’s suspected they probably dream of activities they do while awake. That’s why you might notice your dog sleeping and going through movements as if running after a stick, or you might have watched your cat slumbering and seem to be chasing after a mouse.
10. Dreams Could Inspire REAL Inventions
A friend may have recommended you keep a dream journal so you’ll have a better record of what happened during your dreams. If you consider Google came about after a vivid dream about creating a search engine, you may feel more motivated to start scribbling down whatever you can remember as soon as you wake.
After all, it is proven that a good night’s sleep can positively affect your memory, increase creativity and sharpen one’s attention. When you pair that with an interesting dream, who knows what you are capable of!
Now, don’t you feel more motivated to start scribbling down whatever you can remember as soon as you wake up?
11. Blind People Dream, Too
Scientists have found blind people have dreams similarly to people who can see. However, their dreams are formed from more types of sensory input. Although blind people can’t have visual experiences in dreams, they’re more likely to report dreams that involve smelling and tasting things. It’s also very common for them to have dreams where they recall being touched.
12. Anxiety is the Most Common Emotion Felt Within Dreams
If you’ve ever woken up from a dream and felt extremely on edge, you’re not alone. Researchers know people are more likely to experience anxiety within their dreams than any other emotion. Also, negative emotions while dreaming is more common than experiencing positive feelings.
Although there’s still a lot to learn, hopefully these facts about dreams have offered some insight into that mysterious world. After filing them away in your memory, you may decide to start actively altering how you sleep in hopes of dreaming more frequently or vividly.