Has it ever occurred to you, what do our dreams mean?
Do dreams give us hints about future or are they just the outcome of our daily routine? Some dreams tend be so vivid and realistic that once your eyes open, you feel that all of it happened right before your eyes. A little while later you can’t remember anything!
While all of you might be left in a slumber of wonder, we will shed light on some unheard and strange facts about dreams and sleep.
As you may know that dream and sleep is not the same thing so dreams and sleep facts are mentioned separately in this article. By clicking here, you will skip dreams facts and will navigate directly to cool facts about sleep.
This Article is Divided into Following Parts:
Here Is The List Of 40 Strange Psychological Facts About Dreams and Sleep.
Facts About Dreams
20. We Don’t Need Eyes
Most people think that blind people can’t dream, or as clearly as regular sighted people. In fact people with blindness dream as vividly as regular people, their dreams are enhanced through other sensory perceptions of touch and greater depth of the dream itself. It is one of the common unknown dream facts.
19. Controlling Your Dreams
Little did you know, people in fact can control their dreams, it’s called lucid dreaming. Despite the person becoming aware of their dreaming, he or she continues to dream by focusing on the dream and not letting the mind completely awaken.
18. Dreams Speak Through Our Subconscious
This is a solid one in Psychology facts, you might have felt similar dreams reoccurring repeatedly. That might be an undone task or feeling in the mind that needs to performed or accomplished in reality. These sort of dreams act as a reminder for the job to be done. So once you know this is happening, recall your life and asses what needs to be done.
17. Dreams Spark Inventions
It was thought the best ideas are thought off on the toilet seat, but history has to prove that dreams play a vital role in sparking ideas for great inventions to be born.
16. Color Televisions Color Dreams
Since the arrival of color television, the average person dreaming in color has greatly increased, whereas earlier it was black and white for 12% of dreamers.
15. Dreams Are Symbolic
In a list of psychological facts this aspect of dreams plays a vital role. Dreams don’t always tend to be easy to understand, neither are they instantly clear to remember. They are however cleverly symbolic, during our lives our dreams relate different things to provide a message, with elements that are brain can quickly process. For example playing a game of hangman, where you show symbols and reenactment to provide a picture for the word you want the people to guess.
14. Dreams Give a Sense of Déjà Vu
You must have said to yourself “Hey I’ve seen this somewhere” “I’ve been here before” that is called precognitive dreaming. Even though you are in the present, your dream has given you a faint impression of what might turn out to be – a piece from the future. Which, once the time comes, is very relatable.
13. You Don’t Need to be Asleep to Dream
You heard me right, you don’t have to be asleep to dream, in fact it’s quite easy to do. Not to be mistaken for daydreaming, this type of dreaming is called active dreaming. All it requires is an active imagination and persistent focus on the subject to delve into it entirely.
12. Dreams are Prone to be Negative
You might have noticed, most of the dreams that you do encounter during sleep tend to follow negative emotions. Namely, anxiety, anger, sadness and fear. You are less likely to find positive dreams.
11. Dreams Are Short Lived
You must know this better, you just can’t seem to remember the specifics of your dream most of the time. According to study about 60% percentage of all dreams are forgotten after 5 minutes post waking up.
10. Toddlers Are Bad Directors
Toddlers up till the age of four cannot include themselves in their own dreams, and don’t find themselves coming naturally either. Toddlers are not self-aware about themselves that is because of their less development of the brain since birth in order to dream more intense and deep.
9. Women Experience Orgasms
Did you think only men go through this phenomenon. Actually, No. Women are prone to feeling strong sexual simulations during their sleep, most often associated with an erotic dream, it’s common to find the genitals of women to be lubricated. While men experience erections, it’s not entirely dependent on the nature of the erotic dream.
8. You Dream More Than Once
Yes, an average human being has multiple dreams per night of various situations and intensities, but most often only the most deeply connected are remembered that to very faintly.
7. Faces Around You Matter
You are prone to seeing the faces you have seen in your lifetime. Even though those faces can account to be in thousands, your dream is what relates something about that person with your subject of the dream.
6. Dreams Are Universal
If you thought only humans dream then that’s not entirely correct. As research has shown that from dogs, to chimpanzees and many other mammal species dream just like humans do and equally as vivid. A random mood swing in your pet’s behavior can account for an odd dream the animal might have dreamt the night before.
5. Sensory Incorporation
This is one of the weirdest facts about dreams, but easily relatable. The human body makes sure it is not influenced by any sorts of external sensory stimuli that affects its own sensory inputs or discomfort. Your body can wake up from a dream, if it hasn’t quenched its stimulation of thirst or wanting to make a pee in the bathroom. It’s basically not possible to be in peace without the fulfillment of that task.
4. Loud Snoring
According to recent studies, it has been revealed that people who snore, are not necessarily dreaming at that particular period of time. Though this is not scientifically proven.
3. Gender Differences
Men and women dream differently, unlike women who tend to dream more pleasant and peaceful subjects, men dream more aggressively with violence and socially complex subjects. Men tend to dream about other men 70% of the time, whereas women dream about men and women equally.
2. Six Years
Is the period of an average human beings life spent dreaming.
1. Can Lead to Psychosis
A lack of REM sleep and dreaming during that stage can lead to the disruption of healthy functioning. Somethings are meant to be how mother nature made it be, once disrupted you are prone to psychotic disorders such as hallucination, irritation etc. So relax, and try to sleep with the intention of dreaming.
Facts About Sleep
20. Insomnia In Women
A common sleep disorder that is more often found in women than men. Insomnia causes difficulty in falling and staying asleep at night. The disorder worsens with age.
19. Less Than 6 Hours of Sleep Reduces Life Expectancy
In order for your body to go through all cycles of sleep of n-rem, rem, and restorative. 7 plus hours is required, any lower leads to lack of healing and restoration of brain cells. Continuously operating in such conditions leads to the degradation of brain cells and eventually a fatigued and tired brain.
18. Ahh! I am Paralyzed
Sometimes when people wake up in the morning their unable to move, also known as sleep paralysis. It’s not something serious but very awkward being stuck in a limbo of sleep and awareness, to which your muscles haven’t caught up yet.
17. Sleeping Posture Shows Personality
Irrespective of the position you slept in, a little while later you change into a natural position that your body feels most comfortable in. Some curl into the fetal position showing signs of longing comfort, while some sleep on one side with their arms on the side of their hips-showing a sign of discipline and a headstrong mentality.
16. Timely Exercise Helps Sleeping
Having an active lifestyle with scheduled exercises increases metabolism and heart rate, thus requiring adequate rests period. Once during the night a moderately tired body will sleep quicker and deeper.
15. 17 Hours
This is the maximum hours you can be awake before you start experiencing the symptoms of sleep deprivation. That include impaired vision and motor functions as that of a person with a blood alcohol level of 0.5%
14. Temperature Does Matter
It’s quite difficult for the body to sleep the first time when the temperature is too high. In order for you to sleep, the temperature does decrease within the body, in order to initiate the process of sleep.
13. You Can’t Argue With Your Body Clock
Sunday morning, the perfect day to sleep in from your hectic 48 hour week and guess what? You wake up at 7 in the morning just like any other day. Bodies behave differently, as each has its own circadian rhythm or body clock. A region of the brain hypothalamus regulates the waking up and alertness in accordance to the 24 hour clock of the body.
12. Your Sleep Has Cycles
Your sleep is divided into five distinct portions that span 90 minutes all combined. Starting with stage 1-from consciousness to light sleep. Stage 2, the body relaxes further and core body temperature drops before your breathing becomes regular. Going into stage 3 and 4, entering into long and deep restorative parts of the sleep. Than finally into the exciting stage of REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. Cycles are repeated several times before morning.
11. So Quick to Fall Asleep?
If you fall asleep in less than 5 minutes, it’s highly probable that you’re sleep deprived. The usual time to fall asleep is 10 minutes or above.
10. Counting Sheep’s, Think Again!
You must have heard the ‘count sheep’s and fall asleep’ story, we all lived by it through our childhood. Scientist however have concluded that counting sheep does not help you fall asleep, rather the sheer boredom causes you to deviate and fall sleep.
9. Less Hours More Food Stimulation
Studies have showed that people who suffer from sleep deprivation, tend to incline on eating more with increased hunger urges.
8. Be a Guru in Cramming
It’s shown that sleeping directly after a period of learning something new, enhances memory and effectiveness.
7. Parenthood Sleeplessness
Newbie parents loose roughly 6 months of sleep during the first two years of raising a child.
6. Sleeping Like a Disney Princess
It might come as a laugh, but there is something called sleeping beauty disorder characterized by persistent episodic hypersomnia. A rare condition where a person sleeps for prolonged periods of time.
5. A Cat’s Nap Goes Along Way
People who work continuously for long periods of time have showed decreased functioning and performance. A short nap of 10-20 minutes is more than enough to give a break and sense of freshness to the working brain to kick start again.
4. You Are In Control
I am not saying you should do this, but human beings are the only mammals that have the ability to delay their sleep or process of letting it take over, from their own will.
3. Like Getting a Sloth of a Bed
You most often find that getting out of bed early in the morning is the hardest thing to do. You feel like a 1000 boulders holding you down to bed with all the lethargy in the world. This condition is commonly known as Dystonia.
2. Altitude Disrupts Your Sleeping
Unlike being present on sea-level, where oxygen pressure is normal. As altitude increases, the decrease in oxygen percentage accounts for a disruption in sleep due to the difficulty in breathing.
1. Watch Those Night Time Karate
Some people tend to move a lot during sleep, well that is in position. On the other hand, there are who actually use their hands and feet as well. They might even kick you off the bed, it’s called Parasomnia. Unconsciously, the condition has led people in sleep driving and even murder among extreme cases.