“CAN YOU DREAM IN BLACK-AND-WHITE? AND TEN MORE FACTS ABOUT YOUR DREAMS” — MAIRIS (LATVIA)

I lately realized that actually word “DREAM” somehow has made some huge impact in my life. Not only I like to dream about big things, but as well use this word as some sort of buzzword, adding it to other words, let’s say. For instance “dream team” (when talking about whether basketball (which is my favourite sport), or some other event where you cannot be left alone), “dream food” (I just simply love to eat), and so on. Funny enough, but I’ve even founded my own business called “Dream Sleep”. Coincidence? No, I do not think so.

Therefore I wanted to dig a little bit deeper about this word. For the beginning of this digging, I found some interesting facts about this process as itself – dreaming and dreams in particular.

So let’s take a look at this mystery and will see if we find something new!

1. Phenomena of dreams was researched already long time ago

In The Roman Era people were actually submitting their dreams to analysts and specialists for interpreting and analyzing them. Mostly dreams were considered to be messages from gods. In addition to this, it is also known that many artists and scientists have received their creative ideas from their dreams.

2. Most of our dreams we forget

Approximately five minute after we wake up, half of the dream is forgotten. After ten minutes it is only 10% of the dream left in our minds. It is said that you can improve your skill of remembering your dreams by writing down them.

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3. Everybody dreams

It is said that every “homo sapiens” and even (animals) dreams. If you might be the one who thinks you are not dreaming – you just forget your dreams. However, there is slight difference in dreaming between man and woman. Researchers say that men tend to dream more about other men, but women’s dreams contains almost an equal number of men and women. Aside from that, men generally have more aggressive emotions in their dreams than the female.

4. We see in our dreams only what we have already experienced

Quite often we feel like in our dreams there are plenty of unknown faces or things, but the truth is, all of it we have seen somewhere before, we just do not remember it. We have all seen hundreds of thousands of faces throughout our lives, so basically we can see thousands of unrecognizable faces in our dreams.

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5. Blind people also dream

Interesting enough, but people who became blind after birth can enjoy viewing images in their dreams which are “saved” in their memory. However, people who are born blind do not see any images, but they dream using their other senses like sound, smell, touch and emotion.

6. Some of us dream in black-and-white

Interesting fact is that around 1/10 of people used to dream exclusively in black and white. Today only 4.4% of the dreams of under-25 year-olds are in black and white. Scientists suggest that it might have changed because of available colour media. Do you know anyone who dreams in black-and-white?

7. Dreams have its meaning

If you dream about some particular subject it is not often that the dream is about that. Dreams have their own symbolic meaning. If you would like to dig deeper, take a look at this site, where they try to explain some of the symbols you see in your dreams.

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8. Feelings and emotions in dreams

Mostly feelings you experience in your dream are not symbolic of something else, but rather they are reflections of your real inside feelings. Such feelings may have been suppressed during the day and are being expressed while you’ve been sleeping. I read that when you express your feelings in dreams, it can help you deal with depression and other complex emotions.

Negative emotions tend to occur twice as often as pleasant feelings. Fear and anxiety are the most commonly expressed emotions in dreams.

9. You can have more dreams in one night than you think

Sometimes we feel like we had this one dream, although we even can’t remember that one completely. Well, as the truth is, we actually have about 3 to 5 dreams per night, but some may have up to 8 dreams. The dreams tend to last longer as the night progresses. Sleeping full 8-hour night sleep, 1/4 of it is spent dreaming. And it is just normal to dream a lot!

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10. Body Paralysis

Very smart citation: 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.

And very general explanation: During REM sleep the body should be paralyzed by sort of mechanism in the brain in order to prevent our movements while dreaming. By the way, have you ever experienced “body paralysis” while sleeping? Namely, have you felt that you cannot move?

11. Precognitive Dreams

Research shows that around ¼ of people have experienced at least one precognitive dream and ¾ have experienced déjà  vu.

Precognitive dreams are dreams that appear to predict the future through so called sixth sense; a way of accessing future information that is unrelated to any existing knowledge acquired through normal means.

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Well, as this was my first blog post about this word, I am now planning to move on with this and take some much more serious questions about dreams. To help me out for the future posts, you can add comments about what would you like to find out about dreams, or you are welcome to share your own experience!

Dream big!

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