10 Most Amazing Facts About Dreams

by Farrukh - on Mar 1st 2012 - 18 Comments

We all have different types of dreams; sometimes weird, sometimes horrible and sometime dreams, that leave us extremely puzzled. Dream is a very difficult-to-understand and a vast phenomenon and requires a lot of deep studies to understand it. I was searching about the dreams the other day and I came across some interesting facts about dreams. I have shortlisted ten best and most amazing facts. Keep reading after the break.

10. We Fail to Remember 90% of our Dreams:


We all have dreams and it is quite rare that we completely remember any dream. The moment we wake up, we start losing the memory of the vision we just had while sleeping. According to some researches, we tend to forget about half of the dream within 5 minutes of waking up. 90 percent of it is gone after 10 minutes.

9. Dreams Effect Everyone Differently:


Everybody dreams; however dreams differ from person to person. The reaction of an individual to a dream also differs for everyone. Men have one type of dreams while women have a totally different type. Men usually dream more about other men and women dream about men and other women, equally. Both genders experience dreams that have physical reactions related to sexuality; men have erection while it causes an increased flow of vaginal fluids in women.

8. Dreams Are Not A Fabrication Of Our Brain:


We all have dreams in which we see places, not known to us; people who are total strangers. Well! The amazing thing is that none of those places and/or people are fabricated; they are all real. We see millions of people in our life but we don’t know many of them. We forget some and when those faces appear in our dreams, they all leave us in a baffled state of mind. Anything or anyone you see, is recorded in your subconscious and we live in our conscious state. So our brains has an almost infinite supply of characters that are extracted from our subconscious and are made in to dreams.

7. Not All Dreams Are Colorful:


A strong percentage of people (12%) dream in black and white where as a the rest have fully colorful dreams. There are few types of dreams that are common to almost everyone. They include car accidents, getting late for an exam, falling from a place too high, running on the spot, witnessing the death of person who is presently alive and being chased by someone or something etc.

6. Dreams Are Twisted:


Dreams are a language of omens and whatever you see is not necessarily what it actually means. Our subconscious tries relating things to the reality, using signs and examples. It is very rare that your dream actually is about what you see in it. Usually, dreams have a deeper interpretation.

5. Quitters Have Vibrant Dreams:


The journal of Abnormal psychology states, “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.”

4. Blind People Have Equally Vivid Dreams:


It is strange and amazing too, but blind people have equally vivid dreams as the ones who are not blind. People who are blind by birth don’t see any depiction in their dreams but their are sense like touching, smell, sound and taste etc are completely involved. However, those who are not blind by birth but have lost their eye sight as a result of an accident or so, do see images and proper depiction in their dreams.

3. While Sleeping, You Are Half Dead:


This may seem something “out-of-the-world” but it is a fact that your are technically ‘dead’ for half of the time you sleep. According to researches, our soul enters and leaves our body thousands of times per second and this movement is free from the bounds of time and space. So, as I earlier said we are technically dead half of the time while we are sleeping.

2. What We Physically Feel Is Incorporated In Our Dreams:


We have this experience quite often that a physical feeling from the real world is incorporated in our dreams. The most common example is that sometimes when you are actually thirsty, you feel thirst in your dream. Another more common example is when you have a horrible nightmare and wake up, you are actually sweating and/or shivering.

1. We Are Paralyzed While We Sleep:


This is a hard-to-believe fact as you may think that we keep shifting our position while we sleep so how can we be paralysed? An article at Wikipedia explains it and mentions that, 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 paralysed.

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18 Comments on "10 Most Amazing Facts About Dreams"

  1. Tom March 2, 2012 at 11:55 am -

    That thing about the soul entering and leaving body is a little out there…

    • Jennifer March 2, 2012 at 12:56 pm -

      YA…I agree.It’s bogus.

    • Farrukh March 9, 2012 at 7:22 pm -

      Tom & Jennifer:
      This can not be called bogus actually. This is a reality though; now you may think of my source. Well! A few years back, I had detailed discussions and meetings with some spiritual religious scholars. There, I came to know of this fact that our soul leaves and enters our body thousands of times per seconds (unbound by time and space).
      I know you are still not convinced; Well! You must’ve experienced the thing when you visit a new place or a new country for the first time in your life and yet you know each and every detail of it already? This is because your soul may have visited that place during the time it remained out of your body, in your sleeping hours.

      This is just a research and is authentic as well (at least in spiritualism) but you may dis agree with it.

      • John May 9, 2012 at 7:06 pm -

        You came to know of this “fact”? A fact is a thing that is “known to be or proved to be true” according to OED. Surely the “researchers” you spoke with have not proven that this occurs, when evolution or the Big Bang are still only theories. I also take issue with using the phrase “according to researches,” which generally denotes scientific research, when you’ve sourced to theologians, who would not even purport to be experts in the fields of dreaming or sleeping. If you want to “believe” in this theory (which you couldn’t even call it that in scientific terms), that’s totally fine. But please, quit claiming your article is all “facts” about dreaming.

      • glenn June 25, 2012 at 2:55 pm -

        actually,dream is some kind of simulator that prepare you to face any situation in the future…for instance if you’re dreaming about being late for work,any response you do in that dream might mirroring you behaviour in actual event…this can also explain about the deja vu phenomena…yeah people dream and forget untill they face the actual event,

      • PS December 10, 2012 at 6:08 am -

        You discussed it was some spiritual scholars and you concluded it as a fact that your soul leaves body while you are asleep. Nobody Sir, can tell these things, if they do high chances they are frauds.

  2. Kiya March 9, 2012 at 3:21 pm -

    This sounded credible for a while. The “technically half dead” is utter ridiculousness. Death is when you have no heartbeat, no pulse, and have lost brain function. Well, by the medical definition.

    • Farrukh March 9, 2012 at 7:33 pm -

      My answer to Tom and Jennifer’s comments clarifies your concern but i’ll add few more details for you. When a person dies, the soul leaves his body and when that happens, everthing stops then; the heartbeat, pulse etc. Now, as i earlier mentioned, this happens at a rate of thousands of times per second. The heartbeat and pulse rate is much much less than that. Therefore, there are points when your soul is out of your body for a thousandth of a second and you are dead because your body is not functioning at all, during that thousandth fraction.
      This keeps happening and therefore the soul remains out of the body half of the time. So the subject can be safely called as someone “Half dead” technically. I hope it is clear now!

      • Tavvon July 22, 2012 at 8:34 pm -

        This is actually true if you really study the brain and the mind you’ll see that they are not the same. People should really wake up and read the books “Brain Wars”, “Irreducible Mind”, and “Holographic Universe.” The mind is immaterial and immortal, which I guess is so immense that people can’t comprehend. Hmmm

  3. Gerald March 11, 2012 at 9:11 pm -

    What about the dejavu. Half my dreams ar real. Thts all I cn say.

  4. Ligia Archila Serrano March 14, 2012 at 4:54 am -

    Dreams are like deaths and this article have interesting things about how we dram about.

  5. Ligia Archila Serrano March 22, 2012 at 1:59 am -

    This is the first time I am reading a serious report about dreams. Some of the pictures of this report are terrific.

  6. Ligia Archila Serrano March 22, 2012 at 2:01 am -

    This is a good report to study the mind of the persons.

  7. Carl J April 27, 2012 at 2:09 pm -

    Dreams are infact a product of the mind lolzzzz

    not always is an external stimulus required

    some of the points are totally wrong

  8. priya May 23, 2012 at 12:25 pm -

    dreamz are nothing but v think of…….
    wn v thnk gud v gt gud drmz
    wn v thnk bad or wtch horrible movie v wl get bad drmz
    drmz r nthng bt jst wht v thnk n wht v wntd 2 do……………………………….

  9. joy May 23, 2012 at 3:36 pm -

    hi i love it cool

  10. vdozi June 18, 2012 at 7:03 pm -

    due to the fact that fact is nothing but pure speculation, indeed even what is said to be proven, prove you are not dreaming right now, or that all the reality you come into contact with is simply not a manifestation of what I conceive.
    Yes, this argument is petty in a sense that most peoples “fact” are as unmouldable as ball of hard steel. All knowledge is hard to attainn when you only as you are told.
    try taking the box you are in and breaking it down.

  11. Lawal, M. S. June 27, 2012 at 10:42 am -

    well, it is a known fact that all you have said were speculations. please try another thing different and support with facts.

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