20 Interesting Facts About Dreams

1. One-third time of our lives we spend sleeping. Just think about it!! One-third!!

2. In an average lifetime, we spend six years dreaming. That is almost 2,200 days spent in a different realm!3

3. Dreams have been here as long as mankind. Back in the Roman Era, profound and significant dreams were submitted to the Senate for analysis and interpretation.

4. Everybody dreams. EVERYBODY! Even if we say that we do not dream, this just because we do not remember, but it does not mean that we do not dream.

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5. Dreams are indispensable. A lack of dream activity may imply some protein deficiency or a personality disorder.

6. On average, you can dream anywhere from one to two hours every night. Moreover, you can have four to seven dreams in one night.

7. Blind people do dream. Whether visual images appear in their dreams depend on whether they were blind at birth or became blind later in life. But vision is not the only sense that constitutes a dream. Sound, tactility, and smell become hypersensitive for the blind and their dreams are based on these senses.

8. Five minutes after we wake up, half of the content of the dream is forgotten. After ten minutes, 90% of the dream is lost.

9. The word dream stems from the Middle English word, “the dream” which means “joy” and “music.”

10. Men tend to dream more about other men, while women dream equally about men and women.

11. Studies have shown that your brain waves are more active when you are dreaming than when we are awake.1

12. Dreamers who are awakened right after REM sleep, are able to recall their dreams more vividly than those who slept through the night until morning.

13. Researchers found that during dreaming REM sleep, males experience erections and females experience increased vaginal blood flow, regardless of the content of the dream.

14. People who are in the process of giving up smoking tend to have longer and more intense dreams.

15. Toddlers do not dream about themselves. They do not appear in their own dreams until the age of 3 or 4.

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

17. Nightmares are common in childhood, typically beginning at around age 3 and occurring up to age 7-8.

18. Around 3% of adults suffer from sleep apnea. This treatable condition leads to unexplained tiredness and inefficiency.

19. According to a research study, the most common setting for dreams is your own house.2

20. The original meaning of the word “nightmare” was a female spirit who besets people at night while they sleep.

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