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15 Interesting Facts about Dreams

Dreaming is one of the most mysterious and interesting experiences in our lives.

During the Roman Era some dreams were even submitted to the Roman Senate for analysis and dream interpretation. They were thought to be messages from the gods. Dream interpreters even accompanied military leaders into battles and campaigns!

In addition to this, it is also known that many artists have received their creative ideas from their dreams.

But what do we actually know about dreams?

Here are 15 interesting facts about dreams – enjoy and what’s most important, don’t forget to share your dream stories in the comment section!

1. You Forget 90% of Your Dreams

Within 5 minutes of waking half of your dream is forgotten. Within 10, 90% is gone.

2. Blind People also Dream

People who became blind after birth can see images in their dreams. People who are born blind do not see any images, but have dreams equally vivid involving their other senses of sound, smell, touch and emotion.

3. Everybody Dreams

Every human being dreams (except in cases of extreme psychological disorder). If you think you are not dreaming – you just forget your dreams.

4. In Our Dreams We Only See Faces That We already Know

Our mind is not inventing faces – in our dreams we see real faces of real people that we have seen during our life but may not know or remember. We have all seen hundreds of thousands of faces throughout our lives, so we have an endless supply of characters for our brain to utilize during our dreams.

5. Not Everybody Dreams in Color

A full 12% of sighted people dream exclusively in black and white. The remaining number dream in full color. Studies from 1915 through to the 1950s maintained that the majority of dreams were in black and white, but these results began to change in the 1960s. Today only 4.4% of the dreams of under-25 year-olds are in black and white. Recent research has suggested that those changing results may be linked to the switch from black-and-white film and TV to color media.

6. Dreams are Symbolic

If you dream about some particular subject it is not often that the dream is about that. Dreams speak in a deeply symbolic language. Whatever symbol your dream picks on it is most unlikely to be a symbol for itself.

(bamboo for h.koppdelaney)

7. Emotions

The most common emotion experienced in dreams is anxiety. Negative emotions are more common than positive ones.

8. You can have four to seven dreams in one night.

On average you can dream anywhere from one or two hours every night.

9. Animals Dream Too

Studies have been done on many different animals, and they all show the same brain waves during dreaming sleep as humans. Watch a dog sleeping sometime. The paws move like they are running and they make yipping sounds as if they are chasing something in a dream.

10. Body Paralysis

Rapid eye movement (REM) sleep is a normal stage of sleep characterized by rapid movements of the eyes. REM sleep in adult humans typically occupies 20-25% of total sleep, about 90-120 minutes of a night’s sleep.

During REM sleep the body is paralyzed by a mechanism in the brain in order to prevent the movements which occur in the dream from causing the physical body to move. However, it is possible for this mechanism to be triggered before, during, or after normal sleep while the brain awakens.

11. Dream Incorporation

Our mind interprets the external stimuli that our senses are bombarded with when we are asleep and make them a part of our dreams. This means that sometimes in our dreams we hear a sound from reality and incorporate it in a way. For example you may be dreaming that you are in a concert while your brother is playing a guitar during your sleep.

12. Men and Women Dream Differently

Men tend to dream more about other men. Around 70% of the characters in a man’s dream are other men. On the other hand, a woman’s dream contains almost an equal number of men and women. Aside from that, men generally have more aggressive emotions in their dreams than the female lot.

13. Precognitive Dreams

Results of several surveys across large population sets indicate that between 18% and 38% of people have experienced at least one precognitive dream and 70% have experienced déjà  vu. The percentage of persons that believe precognitive dreaming is possible is even higher – ranging from 63% to 98%.

*Precognition, also called future sight, refers to perception that involves the acquisition of future information that cannot be deduced from presently available and normally acquired sense-based information.

14. If you are snoring, then you cannot be dreaming.

This fact is repeated all over the Internet, but I’m a bit suspicious whether it’s really true as I haven’t found any scientific evidence to support it.

15.You can experience an o r g asm in your dream

You can not only have s e x as pleasurable as in your real life while dreaming, but also experience an  o r g a s m  as strong as a real one without any wet results. The sensations felt while lucid dreaming (touch, pleasure and etc..) can be as pleasurable and strong (or I believe even stronger) as the sensations experienced in the real world.

(Many many bamboos for all the dreamy images to alicepopkorn)

Well, I hope you had a great time reading these strange facts about our dreams. Now I’m going to my bed to check those facts once again. Good night and sweet dreams!

P.S.: don’t forget to share your weirdest dream experiences below!

P.S2.: If you decide to learn more about it, this book could be a good way to start: The Dream Book: Symbols for Self Understanding

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  • andy

    how is #1 accurate if we are all posting about dreams we remember?

  • Stephanie Richards

    I’ve had a dream that I have only once in a while. Maybe 1 time every 2-3 months. I’m in a gorgeous meodow with angels flying everywhere. Jesus and two angels by each of his side float down to me and he raises his arms. They say the colours in heaven are twice as beautiful than the colours on Earth. It was beautiful.

  • batman101

    i only dream pure blackness
    until one day i dream an actual dream and its only a glimse of the future but before that as a kid i only dreamt of my falling and wake up with a giant jerk like i made impact with night sweats. im curious why only about the future nothing like other people mention and also the falling part as when i was a kid?

  • Jerald Guerrero

    When I was young, about 7 years old I dreamt I could fly, it was so real that I flew above the homestead of where I lived and flew above the trees that were there, I could actually feel the breeze and sun on me, too cool, remember it like yesterday. Haha, the next day I tried to fly of which I ran as fast as I could (just like in the dream) and just lifted myself :)

  • dude

    Woke up in the shower fully dressed with shampoo in my hair

  • sjhalver

    I had a dream that a guy sold me drugs and I ended up climbing the sides of buildings. How weird is that…stranger yet, the guy who sold me the drugs was Dzhokhar Anzorovich Tsarnaev! This happened way before the Boston Marathon, so I knew who this guy was way before that even took place. No kidding!:))

  • dosfilth

    you cant read while u are dreaming

    • scelestion

      That’s not true at all. Maybe you can’t remember having read anything in your dreams, but I just had a dream last night in which I read several things.

  • Mira

    how my life changed from sorrow to joy thanks to dr Ekuku who i also call dr joy…

    my man was almost moving out of the house before i contacted dr ekuku he told me not to worry everything will be fine and he asked for my contact address and posted some candles to me after i burnt the candle everything change and my man who was planning to move out of the house decided to stay and even bought me a car.

    My heart is full of joy as i share this story of the great man of spell dr ekuku.

    I am using this post as a medium to say thank you to dr ekuku and to also give out his contact.

    Email ekukutempleofsolution@gmail.com and Tel :+2348111957679.

    Name: Mira Cameron

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  • alex

    Had a wierd dream that a girl squished another girls head then started kicking her on the floor

  • Don Richardson

    I often have romantic dreams involving very beautiful women but they aren’t anyone that I recognize. There are several actresses who I would like to be romantic with in my dreams but it never seems to happen, or I am forgetting them. Wish I could successfully employ some lucid dreaming techniques. Occasionally I have told friends that I would love to do some specific beautiful actress and they will tell me: “In your dreams,” but it never happens.

  • That_one_girl

    I had a dream last night that I got married to the guy that I have been talking to, then we went to bed together with my dad in the same room….weirdest dream ever

  • Persianguy1

    Im not proud 2say iwas a drug addict and had went to jail. And I had been a user for like 6 years! Thank god ive been clean for almost 2 years now! So I went to sleep and had a dream that I had left jail and went home etc. But I came back to jail later that morning! So I woke up and really thought it was true. Well this dream continued and I would keep leaving jail and would for some reason come back. After a few nights I was really getting paranoid and would have dreams also that the guard and inmates were out to get me. One night I woke up having the same dream I had left! I ask my cell mate when did I come back in? And I was like I should of just stayed home after leaving yester day! And he said what? ….U haven’t left this cell in like 3 weeks! I thought he was just saying that. And u guys r probably thinking ur crazy but I swear these dreams were so real that I could not tell the dream from reality….I even would tell him were I had went. Like one day I remember telling him I had went to the cvs down the road and hung with some friends! And he would just b like ur crazy! I would even get up at 3 or 4 a.m call my parents and say why did u guys let me come back here this morning I was already home yesterday! And they would say you been in there for 3 weeks….And my heart would stop. Bcuz the dreams were so real and the whole jail thing sucked so bad and I was kicking a drug addiction. It got to a point were I would dream I talk to my parents and they would say give me a day or so and ill bail u out! And would call the them at night and say when u coming to bail me out? They would say what? we haven’t spoke with u in 3 or 4 days? Finally they got worried enough and got me out.. Weird thing is even at home I had the dreams for a week or so! Probably one of the worst experiences of my life! Sorry this was so long but it was really crazy and I had to share it!

  • Vanda

    I don’t understand how,but I sometimes create my own dream.I dream about whatever I want.

    I also have dreams about one of my loved ones leaving me or dying,it’s horrible.Then I wake up crying and then I can’t go back to sleep because I’m scared it will happen again. :(

  • Anonymous

    I had this one dream where i had powers and i attacked someone with them or something and a tornado appeared seemingly choking them but for some reason i started to choke as if i had been hit with my power, and i seriously couldnt breathe in my dream and it felt like i was choking and my chest started to hurt and i woke up , my heart apparantly was hurting and it wasnt letting me breathe either, had a few dreams like that except it was one that repeated , it was me wearing this top i have except that the top was so tight i couldnt breathe.

  • Miss Cellany

    I’ve heard people saying you cannot read in a dream (and some saying this is how they know they are dreaming), but I have always been able to read in my dreams. In fact, during revision for exams, I would have dreams about reading all the stuff I’d studied that day; it was kind of like studying everything twice (probably why I tend to do so well in exams?).

    I remember almost all of my dreams. I only forget dreams if they are uninteresting or if I have to get up and get out of the house in a hurry (without the 5 – 10 mins lounging in bed before getting up that I normally have).

    I can also lucid dream and about 60-70% of my dreams are lucid, however even in my non-lucid dreams I can still read.

    Dreams are awesome! More people should try lucid dreaming :)

  • roadrashh

    Number 11… What an asshole brother, playing guitar and shit while his siblings are sleeping.