“All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.”
― Edgar Allan Poe
Dreams are always a thing to generate curiosity. There aren’t many things that fascinate, frighten, sadden, intrigue, confuse, or enlighten us more than dreams.
A dream is a succession of images, ideas, emotions and sensations that usually occur involuntarily in the mind during certain stages of sleep. The various uses to which many people have put their dreams are generating more interest in the subject.
Early civilizations thought of dreams as a medium between our earthly world and that of the gods. In fact, the Greeks and Romans were convinced that dreams had certain prophetic powers.
Over the years, numerous theories have been put forth in an attempt to illuminate the mystery behind human dreams, but, until recently, there are still a lot of things to be discovered.
Here is a list of 10 already known facts about dreams you may be interested:
1 – Dreams Of The Blind People
Essentially, the people who become blind after they were born, can see images in their dreams, but the people who are blind by birth, get dreams of other senses like touch, smell, emotion, and sound. It is hard for a person to imagine but their dreams are also totally vivid.
2 – 90% Of Your Dreams Are Forgotten
Don’t you forget your dreams in about 5 minutes of waking up? The famous poet, Samuel Taylor Coleridge once penned down a poem he saw in his dreams and it has become one of English’s most famous poems: Kubla Khan. When he was halfway through, he could not remember the rest of his dream and the poem is still incomplete.
3 – Everyone Dreams
Except the cases of extreme psychological disorders, everyone dreams. An interesting statistics says that men tend to dream more about other men, while women dreams equally about men and women.
4 – Dreams Prevent Psychosis
In a study, it was apparently concluded that some students were made to wake up in the beginning of their dreams and then allowed 8 hours of sleep, but they suffered from irritability and lack of concentration, but when they were allowed their REM sleep, the brains made up for lost time by greatly increasing the percentage of sleep spent in the REM stage.
5 – We Only Dream Of What We Know
This weird but true fact about dreams might actually be relatable. You see millions of faces in your lifetime. In your dreams when you see unknown faces, they are probably one of those, who you might have seen in childhood somewhere. Apparently, the faces in your dreams are of real people.
6 – Not Everyone’s Dream Is Colourful
Around 12% people dream in full black and white while others dream in colours. Most of the themes of the dreams of people are also common, such as school scenes, being chased, running slow, sexual dreams, falling, etc.
7 – Dreams Are Not About What They Are About
If you dream about something, the dream might not necessarily about that thing. Your brain picks signals and compares it with something else which is similar. Dreams are usually in a symbolic language.
8 – Quitters Have More Vivid Dreams
According to the researchers, the people who have quit smoking, dream more vividly than the normal people. According to the Journal of Abnormal Psychology: “Among 293 smokers abstinent for between 1 and 4 weeks, 33% reported having at least 1 dream about smoking. In most dreams, subjects caught themselves smoking and felt strong negative emotions, such as panic and guilt. Dreams about smoking were the result of tobacco withdrawal, as 97% of subjects did not have them while smoking, and their occurrence was significantly related to the duration of abstinence. They were rated as more vivid than the usual dreams and were as common as most major tobacco withdrawal symptoms.” – as found in listverse.com
9 – Invasion Of The External Stimuli In Dreams
Also known as dream incorporation, this is one experience that most of us has had. It is all about a sound from reality that is heard in your dream and incorporated in some way. A similar example is, when you are thirsty, your brain incorporates the feeling in your dream.
10 – Body Is Paralysed While Sleeping
You are paralysed while sleeping. Some researcher say that the body is paralysed while you sleep most likely to prevent it from acting out aspects of your dreams. Scientifically, there could be some hormones that get released while sleeping and induce the spinal cord for relaxation and essentially paralyse the body.