9 Interesting Facts about Dreaming

Studies suggest that animals dream too. Their brain waves during sleep appear very similar to human’s when dreaming.

Studies suggest that animals dream too. Their brain waves during sleep appear very similar to human’s when dreaming.

 

Dreaming is an important component of sleep. It happens during the rapid eye movement or REM cycle of sleep. With a few rare exceptions, everyone dreams. However, there is still a lot of mystery surrounding why we dream as well as what dreams reflect about ourselves. Here are some fun facts about dreaming. You can see how your dream life might to other’s.

1.     12% of people dream only in black and white. That number has gone down since the introduction of color TV. 

2.     “The average person has about 1,460 dreams a year. That’s about four per night.” 

3.     Pregnant women both have more dreams and are more able to remember their dreams than other people. This is likely due to hormonal changes. 

4.     “Five minutes after the end of the dream, half the content is forgotten. After ten minutes, 90% is lost.” 

5.     During an average life span about six years is spent dreaming. 

6.     Even if it seems you see an unfamiliar face in your dream, you can only dream about faces you have seen before. 

7.     Normal snoring cannot occur during the REM cycle, but sleep apnea snoring can. 

8.     The most common emotion experienced during dreams is anxiety. Negative emotions in general are more common during dreaming than positive emotions. 

9.     There are common themes in dreams across various cultures. Being chased, falling, feeling frozen or paralyzed, flying and being late are all themes that have been identified throughout the world. 

It is important to get enough sleep at night. Your brain depends on experiencing all of the cycles of sleep to stay healthy. It is believed that most adults need around eight hours of sleep per night to be healthy. Having a dark, quiet and comfortable sleeping environment will help you relax and get quality sleep that encourages all of the sleep cycles.

Dreaming during REM is a necessary part of refreshing and restoring your body. Do you get enough sleep during the night? Do you remember your dreams?

Image: “Sleeping” by Andrew Roberts

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