Facts about dreaming

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Don’t we all love being cosied up in our nice warm beds, drifting off into a perfect slumber about to dream the night away……..

I just got distracted thinking about how amazing that sounds right now and talking about dreams here are some interesting things you may not have known about them;

  • You can’t read or tell time

If you are unsure if you are dreaming or not try reading or looking at a clock, the majority of people will not be able to do either.

  • Lucid Dreaming

This has become more popular in recent times. With much practice and the use of various techniques, people can actually gain control of what they can do in their dreams.

  • Dreams inspire inventions

It is known that dreams are responsible for many of the world’s greatest inventions such the first idea of Google, the Periodic Table, the sewing machine and DNA’s double helix spiral form.

  • Premonition Dreams

There have been some astonishing cases where people have actually dreamt about things which have happened to them later in life, in the exact way they dreamt it. Call it a coincidence or a glimpse into the future it’s still a bizarre phenomenon. Some of the most famous cases have been, Abraham Lincoln dreamt of His Assassination, Many of the victims of 9/11 had dreams warning them about the catastrophe, Mark Twain’s dream of his brother’s demise and 19 verified precognitive dreams about the Titanic catastrophe.

  • Increased brain activity

You may not think it but even though sleeping is associated with peace and quiet our brains are actually more active whilst we are asleep than during the day.

  • Pets dream too

Our little furry friends are also able to dream too, how cute!

  • You ALWAYS dream

Some people will claim that they don’t dream but that is not true we all dream but up to 60% of us just don’t remember.

  • We only dream of faces we already know

It has been proven that we only dream of faces we have already seen in real life. So, that creepy old man or woman you’ve been seeing in your dreams.. you have already met. Yeah, let that one sink in.

  • Emotions

The three most common emotions we dream with are anger, sadness and fear so our dreams are mostly negative and not positive.

  • Multiple dreams per night

Depending on how many REM (rapid-eye movement) cycles we have when we sleep, you can have up to seven dreams and the average person dreams about one to two hours per night.

  • Gender differences

70% of all the characters in a man’s dream are other men, but women’s dream contain an equal amount of women and men.

  • Not everyone dreams in colour

As much as 12% of people actually dream in just black and white.

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