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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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  • Dreamer33

    I killed someone in my dream and busted out some serious karate moves. Then I ran into the woods and flew away. Weird.

  • any

    I’m happy to say that I had a dream where I flew. It was such a wonderful experience and I can still remember it so vividly. I was surprised that I ddnt have the falling sensation but my tummy did twist. I did loopdiloops around like an old downtown city where they would hang there clothes between two buildings..

  • Lucid Reality

    The best orgasms I have ever experienced have been in my dreams. Lucid dreaming is an amazing way to trigger these orgasms.

  • Zozo The Cat.

    Last December, I was in the hospital, very ill, and in a coma. I had the most horrifying nightmares in my life. A lot of bad things happened in those dreams: my family rejecting me, people killing my friends and loved ones, demons and evil people, child molestations, an evil carnival mutilating people on the rides etc. It’s been months and I still remember those nightmares. I don’t ever want to be in a coma again!

  • heyeyeyey

    1st one is so not true, i had an epic dream this morning and still haven’t forgotten a single detail. I remember most of my previous dreams too.

  • PoopBackwardsIsPoop

    You ever have a dream as a kid where youre standing at a urinal about to pee, then you pee in your pants in reality? THEN as an adult, you dream that u have to take a shit, and u wake up extremely scared that you may have possibly shit your pants?

  • RunJoeyRun!

    So. One night my crazy brain decided to make a dream about my sister dying. I love my sister, so when somebody dies you start crying. Well, in the dream I was talking to Mom and I said I miss my sister. Then I start crying,and in real life too.
    2 weeks after my dream, my Mom’s sister dies.
    Get it. My mom sister dies, my own sister dies in the dream. I think it was a message. Thing is I knew it was a message. It was like a trying to piece a puzzle together. The day after I had the dream I saw my Mom’s sister’s name in a book. Her name is a different language so it was weird seeing it in the book.

  • Dreaner

    I just want to say that #4 is not proven true, it is widely debated, and I for one believe that you can see people in your dreams that you’ve never seen before.

  • Emberlyn

    I had a dream that I was walking and i started to float up into the air. I kept going higher and i was so scared then I fell and grabbed onto a ledge of a building and i guy was on top and i screamed help me up but he just stared at me and then i lost my grip and fell and then i woke up… it was the most terrifying dream i ever had 0_o.

  • Germain

    I had a dream that I was escaping from hell, While escaping I had to climb out of what seemed to be a well of eternally damned souls that were grabbing me and trying to help me out. They were crying saying “Don’t make our mistakes!” I got out of the well and began climbing stairs and my little sister appeared next to me. Of coarse I put her in front of me so I could protect her if anything happened. We ran up possibly 19 flights of stairs and when we got to the top we ended up in a cave. We started running towards the light at the end of the cave and my sister started getting scared and saying “Let’s turn around I don’t like the look of that guy.” I didn’t know what she was talking about so I kept walking forward to see who she was talking about. And when I turned around I was surrounded by ghosts! I stated fighting them and beating them off of me and my sister and I started getting scared when all of the sudden I started drifting away from my body like I could see myself fighting and I turned to the left and me and my sister were playing video games… It was all a fucking video game in a dream… I then woke up to my brother watching silent hill in my room ha…

  • Alexis

    I had a super creepy dream of me in my old house with a girl I didn’t know and these strange demons would come through a portal and try to bring her back with them. One time they came and tried to grab her but grabbed me instead and they pulled me into a dark room that had inverted crosses carved into the walls and the table and chair. There was an old man sitting at the table carving/making something and he didn’t seem to notice me. It was super creepy, I never had a dream like that

  • Bboyk2

    The strangest dream I’ve ever had was where I was in that theater map from call of duty but it was all fixed up, and I was making breakfast for hitler and he wanted pancakes but I couldn’t find any in the kitchen so I gave him a toaster strudel instead and he didn’t like it and got mad so he threw a sissy fit and crossed his arms and said “I’m not eating, I want cake”.

  • ange

    The Other night I dreamed with one of my friends …she was pregnant with a Calf … the shocking part was when she delivered it… it was gross yet cute cause she was so happy for her newborn calf … :s Am I sick?

  • Giselle Freude

    ive had alot of weird and awesome dreams but the weirdest i think i ever had im going to share. first i was in my room on the computer then i saw on the news there was going to be a lunar eclipse. next thing i remember i was outside in my backyard sitting on a trampoline.(i dont own a trampoline). i was staring up at the moon waiting for the eclipse. and i got in this weird trance. like i couldnt look away from the moon. and i stared at the moon for a whole year!(not really obviously but while i was in my dream it seemed that way and after i woke up i realized how illogical that was. what about day time?lol) anyways after i finally got away from the moon and realized it had been a year, i was so upset! a whole year gone! i panicked and thankfully i woke up. the dream itself was very clear and unusually lucid. its hard to describe the way it felt. it was a very unusual dream

  • Giselle Freude

    once i had to stay awake all night to finish this project and i was so tired i stayed home but i had difficulty sleeping so i only got like 4 hours and after that i felt so worn out i spent the day relaxing. i didnt realize how much work there was still left to do on my project so i ended up having to pull another all nighter…and i had to go to school. after i got home i was alseep by 5 o clock and when i woke up it was 9 am! i slept 17 hours and dreamed so much! i dreamed i was trapped in this fenced enclosure. i was trying to escape but they wouldnt take their eyes off me. “they” were aliens by the way. and idk if youve ever heard of rachels challenge? its this antibullying group. in my dream they were the ones that had put me in the enclosure but all along they were actually aliens! lol and i also dreamed my sister who started out as my cat but i guess changed to my sister(you know how dreams do that), i dreamed that she could change into any kind of animal like an animorph. she changed into a dragonfly and a wolf and a polar bear…it was crazy. there was alot more but i dont want to bore you with the details.

  • Christina

    So what you are saying is I could have been a villain in someone’s dream or inspired a book/movie series, for example like Twilight? (Not saying I am the Bella Stephenie Meyer dreamed of, just an example.)

  • Dreamer

    About the you can’t dream while you snore, it can’t be true.

    Everyone says I snore but I dream every night.

  • Michayla McCarr

    I had a dream about this one girl, I forgot her name, but she didn’t want me to wake up from my dream. After she told me that I was dreaming, I wanted to wake up. She begged me not to. Before I woke up, she hugged me tightly and said that she’ll miss me. When I woke up, I thought hard about the dream. Turns out the the girl was one of my childhood friends.

  • cvb324

    Last night I had a dream about a boy I haven’t seen, talked to, or thought of in a long time. So in the dream I was at like some public event and I was going to get something to drink, so once I get up I feel someone jump on my back lightly. When I turned around I was surprised to see him, and so in the dream we ended up going out again. I dated him in real life but we broke up because we lived too far away, so I’m not sure what the dream means.

  • Jebeleque Jane

    I always dream that I died, but for different reasons

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  • BethTheOreo

    When i was little i had a nightmare woke up but there was this weird scary cat in my face but i couldnt acutally wake up so i was trying to open my eyes but they wouldnt, then my dad walked in from me screaming at the cat in my sleep then i officialy woke up and i was petrafied.

  • Katie:)

    i once had a dream where my stereo went off. I smashed it on the floor, beated it with a bat, and threw it violently into the trash can yet it still kept repeating this 3 second tune over and over. I ran a away from it and continued with whatever i was doing. Only when i woke up did i realize that the tune was my alarm going off.

  • frozen666

    i sometimes smelled blood in my dream

  • Anita

    My first language is spanish but many times I’ve had dreams where everybody speaks english…

  • aneel

    When I was a kid. A good friend of mine of mine asked if I dreamed in color. I found it very strange that I didn’t know. That same night I dreamt that I was looking down at my shoes. And I asked myself what color are my shoes? Do I dream in color? They were blue!!!! Most weirdest dream. Couldn’t believe that I knew I was dreaming..

  • lucidream1979

    I started lucid dreaming years ago. As wonderful of experience in lucid dreams as ive ever had in waking life. Now it happens involuntarily. Something is different now. Being attacked, suffocated, and held down happens more consistently as the days go on. sometimes i feel I’m being haunted.I don’t know if it’s in my head or not. I’m awake this very minute because in afraid to go back to sleep. I wish i could figure out what’s going on. I wish i could sleep normally, i wish i could talk to someone who’s had these same experiences.

  • Arun Saini

    I have tried to train myself by staying in my dream. it is very very very difficult and i had some tricks that really helped. one time i was dreaming with this girl beside me and what happend was that she came at me to kiss me and then she disappeared. that marked the point where i knew i was dreaming. so i refrrained from physical activities and things that may blind you. i even tried going back to dreaming after i completely woke up.

  • Arun Saini

    its called a hypnic jerk.. its when your mind falls asleep faster than your body

  • Brenda Acevedo

    I had a dream about one of my co-workers wanting to die or commit suicide. For weeks after that I couldn’t help but notice his demeanor. He seemed almost depressed and not himself. I couldn’t help but remember my dream and felt I needed to tell him this….”just don’t do it”. I sat with him on a lunch break and asked him if everything was ok because I had dreamt he wanted to commit suicide and that if he was going through something to please realize it wasn’t worth it. He just looked at me and smirked and thanked me for telling him. To this day I feel that it was a message to him from me through my dreams. Soon after his demeanor absolutely changed for the better and he was like whole new person. He is still alive and is now encaged and recently graduated college.

  • Ramona

    I have narcolepsy and slip into REM within 5 mins of falling to sleep. I often have very lucid dreams and can even control what I dream. My favorite dream is to fly. I can close my eyes and command myself to start dreaming about flying before I’m actually asleep.

  • adb

    I had a very disturbing dream last night..i dreamt i was lying in bed, next to hunter, who was going to sleep..suddenly, his eyes turned black, like a really creepy hollow black…i said his name, his eyes went back to normal, and he said “i love you mommy.” then his eyes went back to black and i don’t remember much after that except for images of floating heads with long white hair…it was weird. What is the meaning of this dream?

  • hunter

    dreaming is weird last night i dreamed of two people in my life together, a week before that i had another dream that they were together but in a different place

  • Isabella

    I once had a dream and I saw an arm only up to the elbow. The hand had bright red nail polish on and it held a sponge and was rubbing barbed wire with the sponge.

  • luciddreamer

    Once I dreamed that I was in love with my cousin. He was on crutches in my dream and we were being attacked by cheetahs and neon robots. Then glowing motorcycles rode in and we escaped.
    I’m not really in love with him, that’s why it was so weird.

  • luciddreamer

    I can’t remember a truly happy dream ever in my life.

  • Michelle Vaughan

    Well my mom likes to text a lot while driving and it always bothered me and a few weeks ago I had the most lucid dream about being in the car with her and she was texting and then we got into a really bad car crash and she died , freaked me the fuck out and I couldn’t stop crying in my dream then I woke up in a panic , later I told her about the dream and since I tend to have déjà vu all the time I think she will think twice about being an idiot.

  • Kim

    Dreams are the way our process our daily activities our brain is certainly beautiful (:

  • Darkstorm

    last night I had a dream where I was running through the woods and some scientist was chasing me then I trip over a tree root then I wake up straped to a table with the 4 or 5 scientist look down at me then one of them smashes my face in with a mallet

  • Ink junky

    I went on a month long trip to Russia for a language course this past summer. It was six classmates and myself along with our professor. I had an absolute blast, just good clean fun. One of the 3 girls in my group is the prettiest woman I have ever seen.

    There was a time when we had about 5 glasses of whine each, all within 15 minutes. But we had a wonderful time just laughing about it. There was another occasion, but it had been years since I’ve had that much fun with a girl.

    Ever since we got back from the trip I’ve had the same dream 3 times now, where we are a couple and just so happy being together.

    We still have the russian class together, and sometimes I jus want to ask her if she’s ever had the same dream. But I seriously doubt it.

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  • jellysharks is ma name

    Wow, cool post!! :-)
    For me it is always hard for me to run in my dreams when I need to and easy for me to run when I don’t need to !! :-/ !!

  • Zheng

    I dreamed of meeting with myself and tried so hard to kick her away…

  • Liz

    my dreams are almost always about something troubling that ends with romance. My dreams tend to test out what a relationship would be like with different people. I guess I just really want a relationship.

  • pete

    i have violent dreams where i kill people who wants to hurt me.