We all dream. Even though dreaming is such a common occurrence, they seem to be a mystery to most people because there’s so much we don’t know or understand about them. Here is some information that will give you some insight to the mystery of dreams during sleep.
1. Dreaming can help you learn
According to a study done at Harvard Medical School, the brain learns and solves problems when it dreams. This is because dreams are the brain’s way of processing, understanding, and integrating information.
2. You may be able to change bad dreams
It is a common belief among therapists that people are capable of changing their nightmares. People with post-traumatic stress disorder have had success training themselves to recognize they are in a dream and then they are able to take steps to change the outcome.
3. You dream throughout the night, not just during REM
Many of us have learned that we only dream during REM sleep, but that’s not true. REM dreams are more vivid and realistic. Dreams happen in every stage of sleep, but the ones that happen outside of REM are more boring and, most likely, not remembered.
4. When you dream, your body is paralyzed
During REM your eyes move rapidly, however, the rest of your body is motionless. This is due to neurotransmitters being shut down disallowing the big muscles to move.
5. We forget a vast majority of our dreams quickly
Reports have shown that within five minutes of waking up we forget half of our dream. Within 10 minutes, 90 percent is gone.
6. Blind people dream, too
People who were born sighted but became blind are able to see images in their dreams. People who were born blind aren’t able to see images in their dreams, but have vivid dreams involving their other senses.
7. You can’t dream and snore at the same time
There is currently no hard scientific evidence to back this statement up, but it is widely believed that a human can’t snore and dream simultaneously.
8. You don’t have to be asleep to dream
Wakeful dreaming is different than daydreaming. It involves contemplating a previous dream and letting it continue and take on new life.
9. We can only dream about people we already know
All the faces we see in our dreams must be familiar. The brain cannot invent faces so everyone who appears in our dreams must be someone we have encountered at some time in our lives.
10. The most common dream is that a spouse is cheating
One of the most commonly dreamed about fear is that of a cheating mate. This seldom has anything to do with an actual affair, but more so the fear of being wronged or left alone.