The amazing world of dreams

All of us dream though most of us deny it since they are not able to remember their dreams in the morning. But on average, you can dream anywhere from one to two hours every night and have four to seven dreams in one night. Five minutes after the end of the dream, half the content is forgotten. After ten minutes, 90% is lost.

Dreams can occur in any of the four stages of sleep, but the most vivid and memorable dreams occur in the last stage of sleep – Rapid Eye Movement (REM). This stage of sleep is characterized by the random movement of the eyes and is the most restorative part of sleep, when your mind is being revitalized and your emotions fine-tuned. In REM sleep, the mind is as active as it is during waking hours; however, chemically it is different. REM is controlled by the excitability level of the cholinergic neurons.

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Numerous studies emphasise the importance of dreaming and its role in your well-being and health. Some researchers believe that dreams help you to tackle stress. Dreaming is a necessity and helps to recharge the mind and revitalise the body. So let’s find out some interesting facts about dreams:

-An average human being spends 6 whole years of his/her life dreaming.

-Blind people also dream but their dreams involve the other senses beside sight.

-You can take control over your dream. This is called “lucid dreaming”.

-A person only dreams of people he/she has encountered in life but it’s impossible to keep track of thousands of faces that you come across each day.

-Not everyone dreams in color and not everyone dreams in black and white.

-Dreams use symbolic language, much like poetry, so no matter how strange the dream might seem, there is always sense to it.

-Animals also dream.

-Anxiety is the most common emotion that is experienced in dreams.

-Newton, Graham Bell and even some poets drew their inspiration through their dreams.

-In a survey, it was found that between 18-38% of people have experienced at least one precognitive (future sight – acquisition of future information) dream and 70% experienced déjà vu. Furthermore, 63-98% people believe that it’s possible to have a precognitive dream.

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 text by Milena Jankovska

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