6 Mind Blowing Facts About Dreaming

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6 Mind Blowing Facts About Dreaming

Hello All!!

When you retire to bed after a hectic day all you want is some peaceful sleep. Is everyone that lucky? Nope! Some people end up writing their chemistry exam the whole night and wake up as tired as ever mentally! Do you get whacky dreams too? Several studies have been done in this line and so much has been discovered about the science of dreams.

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Mentioned below are some mind blowing facts about dreams:

1) You dream a lot in your lifetime

On an average a person has 1,00,000 dreams in his/her lifetime. So this means that you watch a few dozen dreams in one night. Sounds weird but this is true. It is just that you don’t remember them. Remembering dreams depends from person to person. Some people remember 1 or 2 dreams, some remember upto 15 dreams and there are also some who don’t remember even a single dream :P.

2) Your dreams help you learn

You would have heard people say that they have a problem and are planning to sleep over it! Sleeping does help you resolve issues. It is a scientifically proven fact that you learn while sleeping because the brain has the ability to teach itself when one is asleep.

The day’s events tend to affect your dreams. 86% of what takes place in your dreams is based on the day’s events. For instance if you happen to listen to a lecture in college you would probably dream about it at night and this would give you an opportunity to revise what you learned. In one study done at Harvard, people were made to try and solve a 3D maze. Those who napped for 90 minutes did better at their second chance than those who were awake.

3) Nightmares can prove to be lucky!

We all get nightmares!! I get really weird ones. Once I saw that someone had cut my hair short. The first thing I did after waking up the next morning was looking at the mirror! Oh what I relief!! Okay! I am a weirdo! But you must agree that the exam dreams are the worst! Most people get them and that after decades of finishing college!! But it isn’t something negative actually. In a study it was found that individuals who had nightmares of failing in the exam actually did well the next morning! Dreams reflect what you have been doing all day. If you have been stressed out about something important during the day it is bound to reflect in your dreams.

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4) You can dream in light sleep too

Prior belief was that a person dreams during REM (Rapid eye movement) sleep. This is not believed by researchers any more. You can dream even during light sleep. The dream contents do change according to the stage of sleep. Dreams tend to be more complex, visual, emotional and aggressive in REM sleep and this occurs late at night. During light sleep you may have lousy dreams just like the one I described to you that someone cut my hair short! 🙁

5) You remember dreams when you wake up at night

The chances of remembering your dream seem to be more when you happen to wake up at night just after seeing the dream. You would have heard people say that having a heavy meal before hitting the sack will make you dream more. The fact is that eating too much before bed time will make you wake up more in the middle of the night.

6) Dreams can be really long

Do you some of your dreams are a just a few seconds long? Do you also know that sometimes the dreams can be elaborate too? You may have scenes and episodes in them and such dreams are almost an hour long. Researchers have named it ‘epic dreaming’.

Ready to enjoy blissful dreams tonight?

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6 COMMENTS

  1. Hello,
    I usually get the dream of getting late for the exams.I don’t know why but still I have this dream frequently.
    Thanks for sharing an interesting article Vinita.

  2. Last night I had an interesting dream! I saw I’m walking towards my home and there’s a gathering in front of one house(not mine), a car decorated with white flowers are standing and people are showing their respect to the person lying inside ( I don’t know why I had a death dream last night!!), till here..it was ok. Now came the twist!! When I observed the people around me closely I found all of them, I know at least by face. All of them were Bengali Movie & Television Industry stars!!!!! So Just when I started to think ( How could someone think in a dream!!!!) is there a shooting going on??? The dream finished… at least I don’t remember any more.

    This morning, when I was coming to office, I actually saw a similar gathering in the next block, though the people present there were all common one. Some elderly had passed away and people are mourning in the same way. Strange!!!! Isn’t it????

    • Dear Pritha,

      Shubho Mahalaya subeshca o priti janayi,
      when we dream abiut death or see death around us in any form or in real life, it means a change for certain to happen.
      In most cultures, death is not mourned; i for one havent on any of them – yes as a human i did shed tears when my grandma passed away in 2010, but i did see it coming as a full circle of life.
      coming back to the dream aspect, death is the beginning and a chance of new windows opening for good. Finally, if you saw television stars around in the dream, it means you have ‘personal ego’ isues to solve.
      Hope this helps.

      P,S: I can read dreams too 😉

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