10. When you are snoring, you are not dreaming.
9. The Blind do Dream
People who become blind after birth can see images in their dreams. People who are born blind do not see any images, but have dreams equally vivid involving their other senses of sound, smell, touch and emotion. It is hard for a seeing person to imagine, but the body’s need for sleep is so strong that it is able to handle virtually all physical situations to make it happen.
8. You Forget 90% of your Dreams
Within 5 minutes of waking, half of your dream if forgotten. Within 10, 90% is gone. If you are awakened out of REM sleep, you are more likely to remember your dream in a more vivid way than you would if you woke from a full night sleep.
7. Everybody Dreams
Every human being dreams (except in cases of extreme psychological disorder) Men tend to dream more about other men, while women tend to dream equally about men and women (Odd!) Toddlers do not dream about themselves until around the age of 3. From the same age, children typically have many more nightmares than adults do until age 7 or 8.
6. We Only Dream of What We Know
Our dreams are frequently full of strangers bur did you know that your mind is not inventing those faces – they are real faces of real people that you have seen during your life but may not remember? The evil killer in your latest dream may be the guy who cashed you out at the grocery store years ago. We have all seen hundreds of thousands of faces through our lives, so we have an endless supply of characters for our brain to utilize during our dreams.
5. Not Everyone Dreams in Color
12% of people dream exclusively in black and white. The remaining number dream in full color. People also tend to have common themes in dreams like being chased, sexual experiences, falling, arriving too late, a person dying, teeth falling out, flying, failing an examination, or a car accident.
4. Dreams are not about what they are about
If you dream about some particular subject it is not often that the dream is about that. Dreams speak in a deeply symbolic language. The unconscious mind tries to compare your dream to something else, which is similar.
3. Quitters have more vivid dreams
People who have smoked cigarettes for a long time who stop, have reported much more vivid dreams than they would normally experience.
2. External Stimuli Invade our Dreams
Aka. Dream Incorporation: a sound from reality is heard in our dream and becomes a part of it. Similarly, when you are physically thirsty and your mind incorporates that feeling in to your dream.
1. You are paralyzed while you sleep
Believe it or not, your body is virtually paralyzed during your sleep – most likely to prevent your body from acting out aspects of your dreams.