Dreams and questions associated with it have always been a mystery from the beginning. Why we dream? What they mean? The list of questions are endless but the answers are blurred. However, here are some fascinating facts about dreams.
Blind People Dream
People who are born blind know nothing about images and colors. Yet, they see auditory dreams. They listen to sound, recognize odor, and feel vibrations in their dreams. Those who become blind later in life, though, see images. Moreover, a Danish study shows that blind people have more nightmares than sighted people.
90% Of Our Dreams Are Forgotten
About 95% of our dreams are forgotten as we get out of bed. We spend nearly one-third of our life asleep, and unfortunately we can’t remember most of it. A study in the Journal of Adolescent health in 2011 showed that adolescent girls were more likely to remember dreams as compared to their male counterparts.
We Only Dream Of What We Know
About 48% of people in our dreams are unknown to us as we sometimes see strange faces in our dreams. But are they really strange and is our brain creating those faces? No, they are real faces and we’ve seen those faces somewhere in our life.
Few People Dream In Black And White
Though most people dream in color, there are some percentage of people who claim they dream without colors. They see dreams in black and white. A 2008 study at University of Dundee found that people who are only exposed to black and white television during childhood are more likely to see dreams in black and white.
There is a whole community of people who claim they have mastery in dreaming, and have abilities to control their dreams completely, for example, deciding where to go, whom to meet, and what to do in your dream. They use different techniques to learn controlling their dream and can do unbelievable things like flying, passing through walls, traveling to different dimensions and even back in time. They are lucid dreamers.
Dreams Inspire Inventions
Dreams have always been inspiration for writers, as some have inspired discoveries and inventions. Elias Howe who invented the sewing machine claims it was inspired from one of his dreams. Also Larry page says the Google idea was inspired from a dream, likewise Dimitri Mendeleyev’s Periodic table, and many more.
Dreams Can Be Premonitions
AThere are many cases where people claim they saw some events in their dream, prior to its occurrence. Though some have disputed such claims to be just mere coincidence, but these claims have had things happen exactly in the same way as were seen in their dream.
Dream Inducing Drug- DMT
DMT (Dimethyltryptamine) is a chemical created in trace amounts by the pineal gland during normal metabolism, and may be released in massive amounts during birth, death, hallucinations. It can be used to create dreams artificially. It is an illegal and most wanted psychedelic drug which is rare to acquire. In an experiment with this intense psychoactive compound between 1990-1995, Dr. Strassman found some subjects experienced alien abduction, mystical, religious and saw things which were not there.
Dreams Can Aid Learning
To learn things while dreaming may sound fictional, but it is not. A study found that dreaming about a task we’ve learned is associated with improved performance in that activity. In an experiment in 2010, 99 participants were asked to navigate virtual maze on a computer screen. Half of them then allowed to sleep after the task and half were not allowed. That study found students who dreamed about a computer maze task they had learned showed a 10-fold improvement compared to participants who didn’t dream.
Men vs Women Dreams
Dreams vary depending on gender, though there are some common dreams. A women’s dream world is different from a men’s dream world. Women tend to see more frequent and have nightmares than men, and more likely to remember them as compared to men. While 67% characters of men’s dream are other men, 48% characters in women’s dream are other women. Also, while men often dream about aggressive encounters with other men, women more often dream about family and familiar surroundings.