Weird facts about dreams

Dreaming is one of the most interesting experiences even if it is a very mysterious thing. Their interpretation is still the subject of numerous debates, as well as their mechanisms. Check out below 12 facts you may not know about dreams.

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1 Controlling your dreams is possible

This possibility sounds straight out of a science fiction film, but, it is real. If the majority of us are not usually conscious of being in a dream, it is possible to be aware of dreaming, this is called “lucid dreaming”. By being aware of their state, some people become capable of controlling and acting on their dream scenario.

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2 We forget 90% of our dreams

According to a study, in 5 minutes after waking up, we forget half of our dreams and in 10 minutes, 90% of our dreams souvenirs disappear.

We forget 90% of our dreams

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3 Reality can interfere in your dreams

Even when you are sleeping, the brain is far from being completely asleep. Instead, a part remains alert and attentive to all that can happen around you. It happens that some elements of your exterior environment interfere in your dreams: for example, your alarm clock ringing can turn in your dreams to any other sound. This is what scientists call “dream incorporation”.

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4 Snoring can prevent you from dreaming

It is a misconception that circulates on the net: it would be impossible to snore and dream at the same time. In fact, the phenomenon is much more subtle. Indeed, the testimonies of snorers suggest that they are quite capable of dreaming. Snoring is due to vibration of the tissues of the throat relaxed while sleeping. It would be purely mechanical and would not disrupt sleep or dreams which are brain processes. However, snoring can be associated with disorders such as sleep apnea. It is manifested by involuntary interruption of breathing during sleep. Sleep cycles are disrupted, so the ability to dream can also be disrupted.

Snoring can prevent you from dreaming

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5 Dreaming can help you to learn

According to studies conducted in recent years, dreaming could be a real boost to learning. Studies have shown that people would remember better a recently completed task after having slept and dreamt. Sleep and Dreams allow the brain, according to specialists, sort the information received and incorporate them into memory at different levels, thus improving performance.

Dreaming can help you to learn

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6 Quitting smoking can promote distressing dreams (nightmares)

The state of mind of a person plays a crucial role in dreams and quitting a habit, like smoking, would have a real impact during sleep. A study published in Journal of Abnormal Psychology has indeed shown that people who quit smoking tend to have distressing dreams about it (smoking). 30% had at least a dream where they were smoking and in most cases this made them know a sense of panic and guilt. Before quitting, the majority had never experienced such dreams.

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7 12% of the population dreams are in black and white

Approximately, 12% of the population dreams only in black and white, and this proportion was even higher in the past. Research conducted during the first half of this century suggests that at that time the majority of the population was dreaming in black and white, before the colors in dreams became more and more frequent.

The television is the origin of all this. Indeed, the generation that watched the black and white TV would have more monochrome dreams.

12 percent of the population dreams are in black and white

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8 The dreams of blind people are different

As the dreams depends on our perception of the world, it is not surprising to know that blind people’s dreams differ from those of sighted people. Indeed, a Danish study has demonstrated that visually impaired people report more physical sensations, involving sound, taste and touch in their dreams. Nevertheless, it depends on whether they are born with their impairment or not.

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9 Men dream more about men

If some recurring themes appear in dreams, there are differences between men and women. Thus, men have a greater tendency to dream of men: 70% of the characters involved in their dreams would be male. While women would present more equitable shares: the percentage of male and female characters would approach 50%. In addition to that, the dreams of men tend to be more violent, involve persons or foreign environments, while dreams of women involve more positive emotions and close people. Similarly, men would dream more about physical aggression, while women would dream more about verbal abuse. However, these are general facts that vary from one individual to another.

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Men dream more about men

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10 You cannot dream of someone you’ve never seen

If dreams are often associated with imagination, it would be, in fact, impossible for our brain to actually invent things. In one study, all faces or people appearing in our dreams come from someone or something that we have seen at least once in real life.

You cannot dream of someone you've never seen

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11 Young children do not appear in their own dreams

If babies and young children dream well, scientists say that they would not appear in their dreams before the age of 3 years. It is around that age that they begin to be aware of themselves and visualize their presence in their environment. Before that, young children would dream of different things.

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Young children do not appear in their own dreams

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12 Everyone dreams of the same things

According to studies, certain themes come back regularly in dreams and that, regardless of the dreamers’ culture, sex or age. A phenomenon that would not be surprising if one considers that all humans have the same basic fears and anxieties. Dangerous things are similar so that dangerous dreams: Fear of falling, fear of being exposed, of being vulnerable. Also, nudity is a common dream. Among frequent unpleasant dreams, we can talk about the dream of infidelity, where the spouse is cheating on the dreamer.

Everyone dreams of the same things

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