~*~ 10 Facts About Dreams ~*~

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  1. umarzai

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    0. Blind People 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.

    9. You Forget 90% of your Dreams

    Within 5 minutes of waking, half of your dream if forgotten. Within 10,
    90% is gone. The famous poet, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, woke one
    morning having had a fantastic dream (likely opium induced) - he put pen
    to paper and began to describe his “vision in a dream” in what has
    become one of English’s most famous poems: Kubla Khan. Part way
    through (54 lines in fact) he was interrupted by a “Person from Porlock“.
    Coleridge returned to his poem but could not remember the rest of his
    dream. The poem was never completed.

    8. Everybody Dreams

    Every human being dreams (except in cases of extreme psychological
    disorder) but men and women have different dreams and different
    physical reactions. Men tend to dream more about other men, while
    women tend to dream equally about men and women. In addition, both
    men and women experience sexually related physical reactions to their
    dreams regardless of whether the dream is sexual in nature; males
    experience erections and females experience increased ******l blood flow.

    7. Dreams Prevent Psychosis

    In a recent sleep study, students who were awakened at the beginning of
    each dream, but still allowed their 8 hours of sleep, all experienced
    difficulty in concentration, irritability, hallucinations, and signs of
    psychosis after only 3 days. When finally allowed their REM sleep the
    student’s brains made up for lost time by greatly increasing the
    percentage of sleep spent in the REM stage. [Source]

    6. We Only Dream of What We Know

    Our dreams are frequently full of strangers who play out certain parts -
    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 know
    or remember? The evil killer in your latest dream may be the guy who
    pumped petrol in to your Dad’s car when you were just a little kid. 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

    5. Not Everyone Dreams in Color

    A full 12% of sighted people dream exclusively in black and white. The
    remaining number dream in full color. People also tend to have common
    themes in dreams, which are situations relating to school, being chased,
    running slowly/in place, sexual experiences, falling, arriving too late, a
    person now alive being dead, teeth falling out, flying, failing an
    examination, or a car accident. It is unknown whether the impact of a
    dream relating to violence or death is more emotionally charged for a
    person who dreams in color than one who dreams in black and white.

    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. Its like writing a poem and saying that a group of ants were like
    machines that never stop. But you would never compare something to
    itself, for example: “That beautiful sunset was like a beautiful sunset”. So
    whatever symbol your dream picks on it is most unlikely to be a symbol
    for itself.

    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.
    Additionally, according to the Journal of Abnormal Psychology: “Among
    293 smokers abstinent for between 1 and 4 weeks, 33% reported having
    at least 1 dream about smoking. In most dreams, subjects caught
    themselves smoking and felt strong negative emotions, such as panic and
    guilt. Dreams about smoking were the result of tobacco withdrawal, as
    97% of subjects did not have them while smoking, and their occurrence
    was significantly related to the duration of abstinence. They were rated as
    more vivid than the usual dreams and were as common as most major
    tobacco withdrawal symptoms.” [Source]

    2. External Stimuli Invade our Dreams

    This is called Dream Incorporation and it is the experience that most of us have had where a sound from reality is heard in our dream and incorporated in some way. A similar (though less external) example would be when you are physically thirsty and your mind incorporates that feeling in to your dream. My own experience of this includes repeatedly drinking a large glass of water in the dream which satisfies me, only to find the thirst returning shortly after - this thirst… drink… thirst… loop often recurs until I wake up and have a real drink. The famous painting above (Dream Caused by the Flight of a Bee around a Pomegranate a Second Before Awakening) by Salvador Dali, depicts this concept.

    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.
    According to the Wikipedia article on dreaming, “Glands begin to secrete
    a hormone that helps induce sleep and neurons send signals to the spinal
    cord which cause the body to relax and later become essentially

    Bonus: Extra Facts

    1. When you are snoring, you are not dreaming.
    2. 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.
    3. If you are awakened out of REM (Rapid Eye Movement) 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..!
  2. Sakina

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    Oct 12, 2007
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    nice info
  3. atul32

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    i heard one story..Zen fakir bokozu,great saint, who was famouus for his teachings all over japan...he spent his life telling people to laugh ..he himself was never sad in his life and always light and happy inspite of all hardships...however oneday disciples found him sad sitting under the tree ...one disciple asked the reason..bokozu told i saw a dream in which i became butterfly..i was so happy going on each flower ..there was no doubt in my mind at that time that i was not butterfly...disciple started laughing and said then why u r sad it is just a small dream..forget it...bokoju said...no i cant forget..when i was butterfly ..i didnt had any doubt that i was not butterfly..now i m doubtful whether bokoju was dreaming that he has become butterfly or butterfly is dreaming that she has become bokozu...i m not able to understand..
  4. nazish000

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    Aug 18, 2008
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    wow..useful post..tfs bro
  5. innocentt

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