All people dream. If you claim that you didn’t dream anything, then you simply didn’t remember anything. This happens in about 60% of the population. Dreams can be viewed even by people with hearing and vision disabilities. But color dreams are available only to 12% of those who sleep. What else is interesting about such a mysterious process as sleep? Here are some facts:
Fact #1: About Precise Time and Reading
If you’re not sure if you’re dreaming or not (which sometimes happens), then try reading something. The vast majority of people are unable to read in their sleep. The same applies to time: every time a person looks at a watch in a dream, he will either not find it at all, or the watch will always show a different time.
Fact #2: Lucid Dreaming
There is a whole subculture of people who practice so-called lucid or conscious dreams. Using various methods and practices (meditation, breathing exercises, etc.), these people claim that they can learn to control their dreams. For example, if they wish, they can set their minds to fly in their dreams, pass through walls, or travel to different countries and even through time.
Fact #3: Inventions inspired by sleep
History knows many cases when a dream inspired a person to ingenious inventions and discoveries. What is the table of Dmitry Mendeleev worth. For Larry Page, sleep became the generator of the idea of creating Google. Nikola Tesla was inspired in a dream by the possibilities of alternating current. Elias Howe dreamed of his first sewing machine and became one of its inventors. And these are far from all examples of such a wonderful and fateful role of sleep in people’s lives.
Fact #4: Premonition Dreams
Do you believe in prophetic dreams? There is amazing evidence in the world that people have had warning dreams that predict certain events that then actually happened. It can be said that these people partly saw their own or someone else’s future. But perhaps it was just a coincidence.
However, a fact is a fact, and such a phenomenon remains one of the most mysterious in the field of dreams and has not yet been fully studied. For example, the sixteenth American President Abraham Lincoln saw in a dream how he was being killed, which later happened. Many victims of the terrible tragedies of September 11, 2001 in New York and the wreck of the Titanic also had prophetic dreams about their death.
Fact #5: Sleep paralysis and body condition
Those who have ever experienced a strange and terrible phenomenon — sleep paralysis, will never forget it. A person is in a transitional stage between sleep and wakefulness, feeling 100% in reality. But the most unpleasant thing at this moment is that a person cannot move, the body becomes numb, and often someone’s incomprehensible presence is felt nearby.
However, the phenomenon of sleep paralysis has long been studied and scientifically substantiated. It is most often caused by hypokalemia or intoxication of the body (alcohol, drugs, etc.). But such paralysis does not pose anything dangerous to human health, and, as a rule, passes in a few minutes.
Fact #6: REM sleep disorders
Usually during REM sleep, the eyeballs move very quickly, and the body remains calm. But sometimes there are violations of this phase, when a person can physically take part in his dreams. This often leads to various injuries and damage to surrounding objects. A case has been recorded when a person with a violation of the REM phase burned down a house.
Fact #7: Human Erotic Dreams
Another curious, but already pleasant phenomenon is the ability to experience an orgasm in a dream. Especially often this happens in men while they are watching erotic dreams. According to research, representatives of the strong half of humanity can experience up to 20 erections in one dream.
Fact #8: Incredible Sleepwalking
Sleepwalking is a rare and potentially dangerous sleep disorder. In REM sleep, sleepwalkers go on real adventures. Sleepwalkers usually like to wander within or around their home in their sleep. But sometimes the journey doesn’t end there. There were cases when people in this state fell from rooftops, seriously injuring their bodies, or painted magnificent portraits, and sometimes even killed their other relatives. At the same time, after waking up, none of the lunatics, as a rule, remembered anything.
Fact #9: Dreams are hallucinations
Among ordinary people, there are real fans who can sleep all day for the sake of dreams. The secret here is that during a person’s sleep, a natural psychedelic, dimethyltryptamine, is produced in the brain. It is capable of causing various auditory and visual hallucinations.
Fact #10: Dream Catcher
This attribute is one of the most famous Indian symbols, which is still popular in many countries as an amulet. It is a hoop, in the middle of which threads are intertwined in the form of a web, and several bird feathers are suspended below. This talisman protects the body and sleep of a person, saves from nightmares, as if filtering dreams.
Fact #11: Increased brain activity
According to the latest Western research, our brains are more active during sleep than when we are awake. Therefore, there are various methods of training while a person is sleeping, which often give good results.
Fact #12: Dreams of pets
Pets are also endowed with the ability to dream. Surely, you have noticed more than once how a dog or cat twitches in a dream, moves its paws and even makes various sounds. Sometimes in the phase of REM sleep, they, like a person, can abruptly jump up and run.
Fact #13: Sleeping on your side for heartburn
The unpleasant sensation of heartburn can be alleviated by sleeping on your left side. This is due to the fact that in this position of the body, the circular muscle, which blocks the flow of food debris into the esophagus, works better, improving the work of the esophagus. But a person’s sleep on the right side, on the contrary, relaxes the circular muscle and aggravates the condition of heartburn.
Fact #14: Many dreams in one night
During the night, a person can see from two to seven different dreams. This amount will depend on the number of REM sleep phases. On average, they happen from one to two times while a person is sleeping.
Fact #15: Gender Differences
Interestingly, 70% of all men’s dream heroes are other men, but women dream of the same number of people of both sexes. In addition, male dreams contain more aggressive emotions than female dreams. However, both women and men see erotic dreams equally often.