Dreams and Sleep
The amazing world of dreams and what happens during sleep is a mystery rooted in the brain. Learn interesting facts about dreams and sleep in this list.
- Everyone dreams. Just because you don’t remember your dreams doesn’t mean you don’t dream. Everyone dreams!
- Nightly average. Most people dream about 1-2 hours a night and have an average of 4-7 dreams each night.
- Brain waves. Studies show that brain waves are more active while dreaming than when you are awake.
- Lost dreams. Five minutes after a dream, half of the dream is forgotten. Ten minutes after a dream, over 90% is forgotten. Write down your dreams immediately if you want to remember them.
- Blind people dream. Dreams are more than just visual images, and blind people do dream. Whether or not they dream in pictures depends on if they were born blind or lost their vision later.
- Color or B&W. Some people (about 12%) dream only in black and white while others dream in color.
- Virtually paralyzed. While you sleep, your body produces a hormone that may prevent you from acting out your dreams, leaving you virtually paralyzed.
- Snoring. If you are snoring, you are not dreaming.
- During a dream. If you are awakened during a dream, you are much more likely to remember the dream than if you slept until a full night’s sleep.
- Symbolism. As those who invest in dream dictionaries can attest, dreams almost never represent what they actually are. The unconscious mind strives to make connections with concepts you will understand, so dreams are largely symbolic representations.
- Adenosine. Caffeine works to block naturally occurring adenosine in the body, creating alertness. Scientists have recently discovered this connection and learned that doing the opposite–boosting adenosine–can actually help promote more natural sleep patterns and help eliminate insomnia.
- Dream showings. Japanese researchers have successfully developed a technology that can put thoughts on a screen and may soon be able to screen people’s dreams.